Letter: Scrutinizing Coffman's plan

Posted 8/9/17

In response to "Plan has potential of moving ACA replacement forward," a guest column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman:

Representative Coffman's proposal for repealing and replacing the ACA presents …

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Letter: Scrutinizing Coffman's plan

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In response to "Plan has potential of moving ACA replacement forward," a guest column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman:

Representative Coffman's proposal for repealing and replacing the ACA presents information on healthcare and tax legislation in such a way that readers might come away misinformed on several issues.

Mr. Coffman's refers to "able-bodied adults" now covered through the Medicaid expansion. This terminology implies that these folks do not deserve assistance. Yet, the Kaiser Family Foundation research finds most are working, but earning only up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. They cannot afford coverage.

Mr. Coffman goes on to say that "it makes no sense ... that the federal government would favor (funding) able-bodied adults over all other Medicaid recipients such as disabled children, whose costs are reimbursed at 50 percent ...." The 90 percent federal funding for expansion was necessary to get states to buy into the program. As a result, the rate of uninsured American adults has fallen to 11.7 percent. If the federal contribution for the Medicaid expansion were to go to 50 percent, as Mr. Coffman proposes, it is likely that states now participating would not continue to do so and we would see our uninsured rates skyrocket once again.

Mr. Coffman proposes that taxes funding the healthcare exchange subsidies be addressed through tax reform; not healthcare legislation. GOP tax reform proposals focus only on cutting taxes; not on revenue to fund the health of the American public (Information from the Tax Foundation).

Finally, Mr. Coffman suggests he is ready for a bipartisan effort to lower health insurance costs. This is his sixth term as U.S. representative from CD 6. Why has he waited so long and voted so consistently against legislation that would support the well-being of so many "able-bodied adults" and disabled children?

Barbara Barlow

Highlands Ranch

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