To the Editor:
The Democratic Club of Long Beach Island recently sent the below letter to our congressman, Frank LoBiondo.
We would like to encourage all Americans to do the same with their congresspersons. By so doing, we invite everyone to participate in this nonpartisan effort for a noble cause, i.e. to save the Affordable Care Act.
Dear Congressman LoBiondo:
We are residents of your congressional district and are distressed about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which has had such a positive impact on the residents of this district and our own families, friends and neighbors:
• 12,000 seniors received drug discounts worth $9.1 million, or $770 per senior.
• 91,000 seniors received Medicare preventive services without co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.
• 34,000 children and 130,000 adults have preventive services without co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.
• 8,000 to 38,000 children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
• 30,000 more constituents now have health insurance.
• 540 small businesses received tax credits to maintain/expand employees’ health insurance.
• $5.1 million in public health grants went to community health centers, hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers to improve the district’s heath.
• 240,000 residents no longer have lifetime coverage limits on their insurance.
In addition, the ACA protects residents from excessive rate increases by limiting the money insurers can spend on administrative expenses and make in profit.
We ask that you act to protect us, our families, friends and neighbors and other residents of the district who have benefited from the ACA. This is not a partisan issue; it is a people issue: the health of seniors, children and working men and women.
We ask that you respond and let us know what you will do to protect the benefits we have all received through the ACA.
John Kostopoulos, president
Democratic Club of LBI