Provide improved Medicare for all

By Emilio V. Perez-Jorge, M.D.
The (Columbia, SC) State, May 31, 2017

I encounter patients daily who are worried about the future of health care. One of the greatest threats to the health of our nation and our state is the revised American Health Care Act, currently being considered by the U.S. Senate.

The bill would take money out of Medicaid, and cancel subsidies that help working families buy private coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance exchanges.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has helped citizens afford health-care coverage, but it has some flaws as well. That is why we should move forward to a single-payer “improved Medicare for all” plan.

Ask your state legislators to introduce the Palmetto Comprehensive Health Care Act, which Rep. David Mack and Sen. Brad Hutto proposed in 2015. At the federal level, ask your U.S. representatives to support the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act” (H.R. 676), and ask Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to oppose the revised American Health Care Act.

Dr. Emilio V. Perez-Jorge resides in Lexington.