Adapted from the Twitter feed, Thursday morning, March 9, 2019. Posted Wednesday evening, March 22.
Hon. John Faso
19th Congressional District New York
1616 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Faso,
Constituent here. I'm writing from my doctor's office. I'm here with my wife who's having a blood test.
She's been having a number of health problems and our doctor ordered some blood work.
He also wants her to have some gastro-intestinal tests. Those are coming up in a couple of weeks.
Since we're here, I made an appointment for my regular diabetes checkup. I come in every few months for one of those.
Next month I'm seeing the ophthalmologist for my annual exam, also diabetes related. Making sure it's not damaging my eyes.
Last week I was at the orthopedic surgeon's for a follow up to the back surgery I had last summer. He's says I'm doing well, thanks.
The diabetes and my back problem---stenosis in three vertebrae.---are pre-existing conditions, by the way. So is my high blood pressure. We changed insurance companies in January. The new insurance company covers them. No questions asked. I didn’t have to join any high-risk pools.
You see what I'm getting at? We have a lot of medical expenses. Fortunately our private insurance covers almost all of it. The co-pays aren’t cheap but they’re not crushing.
If we didn't have good insurance, we wouldn't be able to afford any of this. So here's my question.
What do you and your GOP colleagues expect people with similar medical problems whose health insurance you’re taking away to do?
Not have the tests they need to find out if something's seriously wrong? Go blind from unchecked diabetes? Live out their lives with crippling back pain and degenerating spines? Keel over from strokes and drop dead in their tracks from heart attacks?
Asking for a friend...and our neighbors...and our fellow residents of your Congressional district...and our fellow Americans...and our fellow human beings.