I would like to express viewpoints on several important issues that impact my life as a senior citizen. A recent move in Raleigh by state legislators to stop local governments from providing leadership and the ability to pass local ordinances that make life better for the residents living in the 100 counties, except by their approval, is taking fiduciary powers too far.
I do not feel that a senator from Whiteville knows best what works for the residents of Greene County. Neither do I feel that a representative from Dare County knows what works best for the residents of Mecklenburg or Watauga Counties. To assume that state legislators know best how to govern every aspect of life at local levels more efficiently is not democracy.
Let me encourage every taxpayer, citizen, and voter to contact your local representatives and ask them to take the position that has worked well for over 100 years: allow local government's right to govern their towns and cities including board appointments without interference from Raleigh.
The second point of interest is the new healthcare law the GOP is considering for passage that is supposedly better than the current Affordable Care Act. This new law will not provide healthcare coverage for everyone. As a matter of fact, the 20 million people eligible under the Affordable Care Act will be disqualified under the new law. This concerns me because I have family members with pre-existing conditions such as breast cancer and diabetes. There is no cure for either of these diseases; thus, not being eligible for coverage for the number 2 killer disease because of pre-existing conditions is not a good idea.
Once removed from Medicaid expansion for income reasons-- never to return does not seem fair either because it discourages people from working or earning higher wages. Should a downturn occur in the national economy and a person is Medicaid eligible again, the GOP version states that because you dropped Medicaid expansion coverage earlier, you cannot opt in ever again. This feels like punishment for wanting to better your lifestyle.
What really has me perplexed is that as a senior citizen I will qualify for higher charges by my doctor than younger people for medical services. I am a 70 year old female who is subjected to a higher risk of heart disease, Osteo Arthritis, vision problems, diverticulitis, slipped disc, and breast cancer. My income is limited, so why would any law allow doctors to charge the elderly at 5 times a higher rate for medical treatment? If healthcare change is not better for the peoples' healthcare, is it a good change?
Mary E. Ward