To the editor:
I am a Lorain County resident and a voting constituent of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of District 4. I have watched the news out of Washington regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act with growing concern. Rep. Jordan has made extreme statements about repealing the ACA without a meaningful replacement. Repealing will have devastating impacts for our district and Ohio.
As the stepmother of a young child with a pre-existing condition, this is about life, not politics. In District 4, 10,700 citizens now have life-saving health insurance that didn’t before the ACA was passed and more than 900,000 in the state of Ohio.
The Medicaid expansion has greatly benefited Ohio. Nearly 690,000 Ohioans receive health care under the expansion and stand to lose their coverage if the current bill is passed. An annual $840 million tax increase would hit Ohio if Medicaid is repealed at the federal level.
One in three Americans do not understand the ACA and Obamacare are the same thing, partly because politicians, including Rep. Jordan, insist on calling the ACA “Obamacare.” I feel like my voice, and the voices of many others whose families would be negatively affected by the repeal of the ACA, is being ignored by Rep. Jordan.
The ACA saves lives. I urge Rep. Jordan to oppose all legislation that repeals the ACA (aka Obamacare). A repeal would be devastating to Ohio and to me personally.