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Letter: Collins is playing games with constituents’ lives

Collins is playing games with constituents’ lives

Seven years and over 60 tries for Republicans to take that dull and jagged knife to cut off their noses. They had to keep their promise to dismantle Obamacare. They didn’t do it out of any empathy for the 24 million who will now lose their health insurance. They did it out of pure spite!

Rep. Chris Collins delivered it to President Trump’s front door. However, come to find out, he didn’t even read the bill. He didn’t stop to get the CBO numbers because he knew they would be detrimental to its passage. He didn’t even know that there was a plan in Obamacare that his own state offers to provide health insurance, at very little cost, to people who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus called the Essential Plan. He didn’t know that by its elimination, his own state would lose $3 billion annually!

Pat yourself on the back, Mr. Collins, and drink your beer in the White House garden as you smugly take your victory lap. You act so proud. The people in the 27th District, New York State and the rest of the country will suffer greatly, especially those with pre-existing conditions. It is so indicative of your “pay to play” mentality. You shut out people who cannot afford health insurance, just as you shut out your constituents who don’t pony up $55 to meet with you. My question is: When will the rest of the district wise up to the games you play with people’s lives?

Diana Kastenbaum


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