Our View: Health care law changes are too complex to rush

Published on Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:54
Written by Staff


President Donald Trump gives the impression that he thinks almost all regulations are bad - profit-killers for businesses. But one Connecticut legislator instead sees some of them as protecting the most vulnerable in our society.

State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., D-Branford, writing in the New Haven Register, has offered a heartfelt argument about why the protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act should remain an important part of our legislative framework.

He, of course, has first-hand experience.

“I lost my leg to bone cancer when I was 12,” he writes - and one of the consequences of that is that he falls into the category of people with pre-existing conditions.

The American Health Care Act, the ‘repeal and replace’ bill passed by the House, would slash long-term care supports and cut healthcare insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as childhood cancer, he points out. Moreover, he said, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” plan would eliminate Social Security benefits for 1.2 million children with disabilities.

As a healthcare lawyer and civil rights activist for people with disabilities, he was able to detail other critical provisions in the health bills now before Congress - “details” that don’t always make news accounts but which could pack a nasty surprise for the those mostly likely to be hurt if the bill passes as written.

It’s evident that there will be winners and losers in the bill so, before we support legislation to make changes to health care insurance, it’s vital that we understand all the details.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:54. Updated: Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:56.