Many Americans have benefited from protections for those with pre-existing conditions provided by the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Mike Kelly has voted at least eight times to endanger or eliminate these protections.

The latest was May 4, 2017, when he backed the American Health Care Act, which would have allowed states to seek federal waivers to permit insurance companies to charge people more because of pre-existing conditions if they don’t maintain continuous health coverage.

That bill also would have caused 23 million more people to be without insurance, cut Medicaid spending by about $700 billion, and provide $800 billion in tax cuts, the majority of which would benefit the wealthy.

Seven other times Kelly voted for proposed legislation that would have eliminated the pre-existing conditions protections by repealing and/or defunding the ACA. These occurred on the following dates: Jan. 19, 2011; April 15, 2011; March 29, 2012; July 11, 2012; March 21, 2013; May 16, 2013; and Feb. 3, 2015.

Kelly and the Republicans might still get their death wish for some Americans. A pending lawsuit, backed by the Trump administration, calls for declaring the ACA unconstitutional.

In his career Kelly has received about $1.4 million in donations from the insurance industry ($650,000), health professionals ($390,000) and the pharmaceutical/health products industry ($350,000), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Maybe that’s why Kelly defended higher premiums for pre-existing conditions during a 2017 CNN interview, saying, “It’s a business proposition.”

Looks like business has been good for Kelly.

RICK ELIA

New Castle

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