U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great insurance through the government — she is guaranteed that no insurance company can turn her down in the future because of her child’s now pre-existing condition.
Also, not many people have jobs that would allow them to be absent for three months or more of her job and get paid. Now the new legislation she is sponsoring to be paid for by the public under Medicaid — likely covering the cost for some of her daughter’s treatments and care for premature babies — is extending that treatment to outside the state. It might even extend to states that have opted out of extending Medicaid coverage to their less fortunate citizens who could use some basic health care. Excuse me if I find this hypocritical.
Mary Meister, Seattle