Vote as if your life depends on it

To the editor,

As a pediatric physical therapist in Durango for over 30 years, I have witnessed the exclusion of health-care coverage by insurance companies to children who were born with pre-existing medical conditions. This created severe emotional and financial hardship for their families. Each year, many children are born with medical diagnoses that are considered “pre-existing conditions” from the moment they are born. Examples include heart defects, premature birth, hydrocephalus, in-utero stroke, genetic and neuromuscular disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act became law and made it illegal for insurance companies to deny insurance coverage to all individuals with “pre-existing medical conditions”. Over the past four years, President Trump, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., have voted numerous times to repeal the ACA with no replacement plan and thereby eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions. Now suddenly, these same politicians say they will protect pre-existing conditions but their record is completely opposite.

Don’t be fooled by their outright lies. We deserve honest representatives who are committed to improve the ACA and protect Americans who have “pre-existing” medical conditions. I urge you to vote as if your life depends on it! Joe Biden for president, John Hickenlooper for the U.S. Senate, and Diane Mitsch Bush for the U.S, House of Representatives.

– Cindy Kraushaar, Durango