May 21, 2022
  • May 21, 2022

OPINION: Health insurance premium tax credits protected me

By on April 28, 2022 0

Review by Himali Patel.

As a small business owner, even before the pandemic, I relied on the ACA Marketplace for my health insurance. And since I have multiple autoimmune diseases, I can’t live without it.

Before the pandemic hit, my brother and I owned five small retail businesses together.

Now, more than two years into the pandemic, we are still down to just one – a dry cleaning establishment.

I am one of more than seven hundred thousand Georgians who continue to see their healthcare costs reduced thanks to the US bailout championed by President Biden and the Democrats.

I used to pay four hundred dollars a month for my health insurance, but with the US bailout premium tax credits, I now pay thirty dollars a month.

It was a lifesaver for me. I don’t have to make the impossible choice between food or my medicine – I need both to stay alive.

That’s why I was deeply honored to witness President Biden’s signing of the executive order to solve the Family Glitch in Washington, DC.

I know President Biden and Georgia Democrats in the US Congress are fighting to make quality, affordable health care available to everyone in the United States.

Along with moves to lower prescription drug prices, improve health benefits for seniors and expand coverage, Democrats’ plans will lower the cost of living for Georgians of all walks of life.

In contrast, every Republican in Georgia supports the GOP agenda to gut the health care we rely on, raising bonuses and raising taxes on half the country.

These tax credits have been a crucial lifeline for families during the pandemic — and now is the time to make them permanent.

Georgians like me want Congress to act urgently and lock in those lower health care costs before they expire.

In the richest country in the world, no one should have to choose between putting food on the table and affording the health care they need to survive. I urge all Georgian members of Congress to make these gains permanent to take one step closer to making health care a right in the United States of America.

(END / Copyright Atlanta Progressive News / 2022)