This letter to the editor was published by The Burlington County Times, The Courier Post & The Asbury Park Press.
In response to Congressman Tom MacArthur’s statement about the American Health Care Act, while it’s commendable that he didn’t run for Congress to be an obstructionist or to decorate a fancy chair, I would like to remind him that he did run to represent the people living in his congressional district.
If this bill had come up for a vote, he would have been the only New Jersey congressman to support it. This is deeply troubling. Thousands of his constituents had been calling, emailing, faxing and protesting outside his office to ask him to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He chose not to listen.
In his statement he said “this bill was not perfect.” I am perplexed that he would have voted yes on this bill. It was nothing more than a tax break for the wealthy, with the burden placed on the backs of the hardworking people in his district. The bill was hastily pushed through the committees, without much discussion, let alone MacArthur’s constituents’ input.
The bill would have left about 50,000 people in his district without health insurance. It was a very mean and cruel bill. The picture of the men, surrounding a table, that circulated last week when they were discussing women’s and children’s health care was a very telling and startling picture. Not one woman was included in that process. How was he OK with pulling maternity and pediatric care along with the other essential health benefits that are included in the ACA.
Again, I am requesting that he hold a more centralized town hall, in a bigger venue, to better serve the people in his congressional district.
This letter was written by Deborah Ethington who lives in Burlington, NJ.