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August 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes Affordable Care Act despite daughter’s medical needs

Congresswoman’s vote against the act is selfish

Reading the article about Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s child, Abigail, left me with mixed feelings [“Lawmaker’s child beat the odds,” NWSunday, Aug. 24].

On one hand I felt happiness that the child has a chance for a healthy life, but on the other hand how could her mother not see the hypocrisy of her votes against the Affordable Care Act which will help the children of less advantaged families also have a chance for a healthy life?


Her votes against the act strike me as selfish and shortsighted and her justification for voting against it came across as shallow

Miller Myers, Seattle

ACA allows the uninsured to obtain health insurance for the services daughter received

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s daughter is being called a medical miracle because she has survived a usually fatal birth defect. She received excellent medical care because of her mother’s congressional health-care plan. The biggest hurdle in obtaining care for her daughter was finding a doctor willing to do an experimental treatment, not lack of insurance.

Rep. Herrera Beutler is opposed to the Affordable Care Act which has enabled millions of uninsured Americans (myself included) to obtain health insurance.

How hypocritical to want to deny health insurance to hardworking, self-employed people with pre-existing conditions who could not receive the same level of care without health insurance that Rep. Herrera Beutler’s daughter received. “We are grateful to be able to pay our bills,” Herrera Beutler said. She would not be able to do so if she were uninsured and faced huge medical bills.

Lynne Hunter, Mountlake Terrace

Willingness and insurance are two separate barriers

I’m happy for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and her family benefiting from a “medical miracle.”

I’m astonished by her continued opposition to the Affordable Care Act, even after she has been such a huge beneficiary of our nation’s pooled-risks health insurance systems. Her comment that there is no contradiction because her case is about willingness not insurance is fatuous beyond belief.

The only reason it wasn’t about insurance for her family is that they have insurance. If she were uninsured as so many families were prior to the ACA, she would be facing two barriers: insurance and willingness.

Rep. Beutler thinks she faced and overcame “unwillingness” in her daughter’s case. You haven’t seen unwillingness like trying to get any health care, much less extraordinary health care, if you have no health insurance.

After the way her family has benefited from affordable health-care insurance, I would expect her to use her experience to explain to other Republicans what it’s like when your family needs more health care than you can afford and how important it is for everyone to have health insurance. Rep. Beutler displays a shocking lack of empathy for others who don’t have what she has.

Mary Wilkinson, Olympia

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