As congressional Republicans, with the enthusiastic support of the Republican president and the Republican voter base, continue to vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there is a really good question that needs asking. Because with repeal comes the reality that millions of people who currently have health care will suddenly have that care taken away from them. When that happens, without question, it will mean that some people now living, who could continue to live, are going to die before they have to. Cancer patients who can no longer afford expensive treatment. Children who die from childhood diseases that go unvaccinated. The elderly, who will die from neglect because they can’t afford a decent nursing home. Arguments abound about exactly how many will die needlessly because Republicans are bound and determine to get a political “win.” One? Hundreds? Thousands? Tens of Thousands? Millions?
But the question I want to ask Republicans is: “How many people does it take before it becomes wrong?” Do you even care?”
David M. Hogg, Fort Walton Beach