Cathy McMorris Rodgers is touting her bipartisan Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, as well she should. I only wish she would continue to work across the aisle in Congress and use her expertise in rural health care to improve the Affordable Care Act instead of wasting taxpayer money to repeal that Act.
The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect, but working collaboratively can go a long way to improving Healthcare in the US and saving money in the process.
Many details of the Affordable Care Act are positive, such as parents being able to keep adult children on their insurance, closing the prescription drug lapse (the donut hole) for senior prescription coverage and requiring health insurance to cover basic preventative health procedures. Insuring as many people as possible is also crucial to saving our rural health clinics and hospitals, who must bear the financial burden of serving those who are uninsured and need care.
Requiring coverage of birth control has gotten a lot of press lately, and frankly, I don’t get it. Even the vast majority of Catholic women support including birth control as part of a basic health insurance package. No one is requiring anyone to use birth control if they prefer not to. Increased availability of birth control would contribute significantly to reducing the number of abortions. Isn’t preventing abortions the most important issue here?
I encourage Representative McMorris Rodgers, if she is re-elected, to work collaboratively with those who support the Affordable Care Act to provide everyone with healthcare and create a more cost-effective healthcare system in our country.
I also ask voters to look closely at her opponent, Rich Cowan, who has excellent ideas for strengthening Social Security and Medicare, and maintaining a strong health care system.