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Dathan needed in fight for affordable health care

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Lucy Dathan has worked to protect families like mine on many fronts, including health care, a living wage, universal FMLA and funding for our schools.  But I want to focus on the impact she has had on improving health care here in Connecticut.   Health insurance premiums are already straining family budgets to the limit and without the ACA there is nothing to stop insurance companies from raising their premiums to unaffordable levels.

In the State Legislature as a member of the Insurance Committee, Democrat Lucy Dathan is leading the legislative fight for health insurance that will help make quality healthcare affordable for a majority of Connecticut citizens, particularly for those – estimated to be over 100 million Americans – who have pre-existing conditions.

Even before the advent of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Lucy co-sponsored and passed legislation that capped the outrageous costs for diabetic insulin and is working on legislation that would reduce the costs of generic drugs.  But that is only the beginning of her legislative agenda, Lucy also voted in favor of legislation that increased the ability of the state to lower the prohibitive cost of other prescription drugs.

Lucy strongly supports Federal and State legislation that will ensure insurance providers in Connecticut cannot discriminate, or increase premiums for those individuals struggling with a pre-existing condition. From co-sponsoring legislation that extends Telemedicine benefits to insuring that dependent children have coverage for eyeglasses, Lucy has already demonstrated her commitment to the health of her constituents.

As the Covid-19 Pandemic demonstrates, at no time in recent history has the need for access to affordable healthcare been more urgent.  With the appointment to the Supreme Count of yet another ultra conservative judge, it is a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut off affordable medical insurance.  Our General Assembly, led by the Insurance Committee, will be a key backstop to protect Connecticut residents and pass legislation as necessary to ensure that Nutmeggers with pre-existing conditions are covered affordably.  We need Lucy in the General Assembly, as it is literally a life and death matter.

 

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell

2 comments

Nora King October 26, 2020 at 8:16 pm

She is the only democrat working on health insurance. I just got my new policy and affordable should not be in the name of “the affordable care” act. It is not affordable. The premiums are crazy. My question is where are all the other Democrats that have been up in Hartford for years. These career politicians are not getting it done.. We can get a new highschool but we can’t get affordable health insurance or we can’t find the funding to get all our kids back to school full time. What is going on up in Hartford? We have had a democratic governor now for almost ten years and the majority of legislators are democrats. I am a democrat. What is going on with health insurance? Lucy has been the only person who has tried to help…but why are all the other Dems up there not holding these insurance companies liable. I never want to hear the words affordable health care act again. It is a total joke.

John Miller October 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” “Premiums for everyone will be $2,000 less than they are now.” REALLY!!! Nothing about the ACA is affordable (except for those receiving taxpayer funded subsidies) and never has been from day one. It’s more likely than not that the Supreme Court will sever the individual mandate and let the remainder of the act stand; and it will still be unaffordable. Just to be clear, I’m no fan of the insurance industry or pharmacy benefit managers in particular (one PBM just shut me off from a medication that I have been taking since 1986 because it’s no longer on their formulary), but the same-old-same-old progressive formula of taxing the rich, imposing price controls, and more free giveaways (there’s no such thing as free) may sound good but will not and has never worked without imposing a massive financial burden on the taxpayers or, as usual in Hartford, bankrupt an already insolvent State.

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