Matthew Menza, the Unconventional Republican candidate running for Colorado’s Senate District 17, called on Republican national lawmakers today to stop their haphazard dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until a better healthcare plan is proposed:
“Both parties agree that ACA has serious issues. ACA raised premiums on most of the middle class and above income earners and many lost the option to maintain their doctor. Other issues like forced mandates are a serious point of contention to many.
However, ACA has provided better access to mental health care and it does provide care to those that could not previously afford it. Until a real bipartisan solution can be created and implemented that ensures no one losses a day of healthcare through either the elimination of ACA or the repair of it, ACA is here to stay.
Additionally, any attempts to block parts or dismantle ACA piece-by-piece should be stopped if those actions harm the healthcare that people are receiving now. Balanced and humane solutions are the only option for repairing or replacing ACA. Until those solutions exist, and we can ensure at a minimum 100% continuity of mental health and healthcare, ACA stays.”
The ACA, while a national issue, affects voters in Senate District 17, especially in regards to mental health. Since Colorado’s government defunded mental health programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retaining of what little help is now available for Coloradans in need of mental healthcare is more essential than ever.
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