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Coming to your door, Dan Benishek

August 29, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

This is an open letter to Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) regarding the Affordable Care Act.

If the above-mentioned law is repealed, we all will have to come to your door for the money to pay for the following. The law isn't perfect, but it is a start. Republicans wanted to repeal this act, but with what? Now they only want to repeal this act entirely. Keep you wallet handy.

1. My grandson, who is 19 years old, was downstate when he needed emergency surgery to the tune of $12,000 plus. Thank God he was covered under his parents' insurance (He can be covered until he is 26 years old).

2. My grandson at the age of 3.5 was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent four years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Milwaukee Children's Hospital. He is now 9 years old and cancer free. His mother and father had separate health insurance and his treatments and setbacks just about maxed out both of the insurances. ($1M lifetime benefits on each policy). Due to the side effects of chemo and radiation, he has a definite gait problem and has very brittle bones. He has since broken both feet (one twice) and broke his femur, arm and ankle. Thank God his parents do not have to worry about maxing out the $1M ceiling on both policies. Thanks to the above-mentioned Healthcare Act, he can obtain insurance in the future and not worry about the pre-existing condition. The lifetime ceiling for health care is also lifted. If this law were repealed, I would have to come to you for the money to pay for any future health care needs. This will be very expensive.

3. My 87-year-old mother needs her medication and when she reaches the donut hole, please pay for her medication until the donut hole is paid. Under the Affordable Care Act, there is no longer a donut hole. Don't have seniors make the choice among food, heat, lights or medicine. Many senior citizens will be knocking on your door for payment. All seniors need their medication.

4. (Regarding) the wellness benefit - Mr. Benishek knows about preventive medicine and yearly physicals detecting most problems. What is wrong with this wellness benefit for all Medicare recipients? Isn't it better to find a problem when it is small rather to wait until it is life-threatening? Not everyone has excellent health insurance paid by the taxpayers. Remember, their income is less than $1,200 per month before the Medicare deduction. Keep your wallet handy.





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