To the editor:

Our current representative for Oregon’s Second Congressional District, Greg Walden, has introduced a bill in the house called “The Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017.” This bill would require insurance companies to provide health insurance to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

That sounds good until you look closely at the details. Although the bill requires that members of a group policy not be charged extra for any pre-existing condition, it allows insurance companies to raise the rates for any group as they see fit. For people with individual policies, there is no limit on raising rates.

If you are on an individual policy, like so many who are self-employed or work for small businesses that do not offer group plans, you can be priced out of the market. Insurance companies must offer coverage but at a price no one can afford.

This act does not protect people with pre-existing conditions as much as it protects insurance company profits.

Who is Greg Walden representing? Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes health care should be affordable for all. She will put the interest of all her constituents ahead of insurance company profits. Jamie listens to her constituents rather than large corporate donors.

Rep. Walden also supported the tax bill that gave huge tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. This was supposed to pay for itself by stimulating business and increasing income for the middle class. Since then, the deficit has soared and his party is attempting to cut Social Security and Medicaid to help reduce the deficits they created. This is not in the best interest of the vast majority of his constituents.

Greg Walden has raised over $3 million dollars for his re-election campaign. Over 80 percent has come from sources outside his district (opensecrets.org). So when you see his billboards claiming “He works for us” just ask yourself, is the “us” his out-of-district corporate donors that paid for the sign?

Steve Murray

The Dalles

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