To the editor:
Today we took a huge step forward in our fight for affordable health care for all Americans. I cast my vote in favor of health insurance reform because it was the right thing to do.
It was the the right thing to do for the woman in Warwick who was dropped by her insurance company in the middle of her breast cancer treatments. It was the right thing to do for the family in Wappinger whose premiums are soaring because of their son’s pre-existing condition. It was right thing to do for the Seniors in Somers who are stuck in the Medicare donut hole, paying more than they can afford for the medications they need.
When I originally ran for office, I promised I would vote for anything that moved us towards universal health care coverage. Today I feel much closer to delivering on that promise.
Since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put health care on the national agenda, American Presidents on both sides of the aisle have made attempts to improve our health care system. For far too long, health insurance companies have been able to deny coverage for treatment ordered by doctors and drop coverage when you get sick and need it the most. Today I was proud to vote to end those unfair practices.
I have talked with many of you about your personal situations. You inspired me to fight as hard as I could for the health insurance reforms you deserve. That’s why you helped me get elected and why I voted for for major health insurance reforms. Because it was the right thing to do.
John Hall, NY-19