For six long and difficult years I have been without health care as my long unemployment followed by poverty level jobs make it impossible to obtain affordable insurance coverage. Now you say you are looking out for me by asking me to wait one more year.
In your statement released yesterday after the latest vote to shut down the government if my access to healthcare is not delayed you said:
“Our bipartisan legislation…puts Obamacare and all its uncertainty for families and small businesses on hold …”
“My job is to serve the people of North Carolina, to make their federal government less obstructive to liberty and more responsive to their needs. That responsibility includes protecting them from bad laws, and not simply capitulating at their expense when the President decides he is unwilling to work in a bipartisan way to strengthen this country.”
Rep. Foxx let me explain my needs so you can truly be responsive; allow me to paint a picture of uncertainty for you
I have high blood pressure that thanks to my lack of insurance has been untreated for years. My mother suffered a stroke when she was 48 years old; I am now 53. Inside my body is a ticking time bomb. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that uncertainty. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my mother’s suffering after her debilitating stroke. Now you tell me to wait one more year under this cloud of uncertainty.
I work full time as a night auditor earning $18,000 a year. Like many low wage workers my employer offers minimal health care coverage at a maximum and unaffordable price. This is my reality along with thousands if not tens of thousands of your constituents. We work hard, play by the rules and in exchange we fall further and further behind. Now you ask us to wait one more year.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act I can receive better healthcare coverage at half the price and thanks to the tax credit will receive what I pay in premiums back at the end of the year when I file my income tax return. I am poor. I work hard. I pay payroll taxes, sales taxes, and my rent is surely impacted by my landlord’s property taxes and utility bill. As you know here in Statesville we pay our utilities to the local government; a tax that cannot be deducted.
Rep. Foxx you have a 100 percent pro-life rating according to the National Right to Life Committee. What about my right to life? The definition of life must have a terribly narrow definition for you to achieve such a rating. You even claimed that the Affordable Care Act puts“…seniors in a position of being put to death by their government." Rep. Foxx, have you no shame? What do you think a major stroke is for a 53 year old? It is certainly not pro-life to attempt to prevent me from access to affordable health care.
You support a balanced budget amendment ostensibly as a fiscal conservative. Yet when my mother’s stroke left her unable to work and later unable to care for herself she was supported by the taxpayers for her final 35 years of life. She passed away this past January. I am 53 years old; without health care and it is likely I will suffer the same fate all at taxpayer expense. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act will increase budget deficits by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 periods.” In fact the Affordable Care Act reduces the deficit.
Rep. Foxx, you despise President Obama and will oppose anything and everything he proposes, even a law that is based on a plan recommended by the conservative Heritage Foundation. But in your hatred you leave thousands of your constituents like me to suffer as collateral damage in your War on Obama. So don’t pretend that you are representing the interests of your constituents, you are not. I need health care coverage. I want to continue to contribute to the economy, to be a vital part of the community and to live a long life. The Affordable Care Act makes that possible starting tomorrow. Rep. Foxx, stop playing games with my life.