1 October, 2016 | Index
Dear Hillary Clinton,
Gerard Mclean here, from Englewood, Ohio, just north of Dayton. This is the sixty-fifth letter of one hundred I am writing you on health care; one for each day between your nomination and your election. The previous letters can be found in your USPS mailbox or online at 100HRC.com
I listen to your stump speeches and surrogates on TV, crowing about how the jobless rate is going down, the incomes are rising and the economy is generally getting better. I know that it’s good politics for the Democrats to claim credit for these successes.
But I am here to remind you of the real reason the economic tide is turning.
The ACA kicked in just as we older citizens were losing jobs, our homes and our health insurance. My kids were ready to graduate college and finishing high school, moving out of Ohio for a job and college with no money for rent, damage deposits, utility bonds, etc.
While I could barely afford it either as I was trying to build my fledgling company, I helped them with “bridge loans” for rent, and life expenses. A check here, a check there… rent got paid, the cell phone always had bars. In addition, I kept them on my health insurance — as they were under 27 — that Anthem BC/BS of Ohio was increasing premiums on by 20%+ a year.
Don’t forget us in your “recovery” narrative and don’t leave us behind. We older Americans helped keep this country afloat, even as corporations were able to cast us all aside with impunity. Make SinglePayer, MedicareForAll, UniversalCare now; we have nothing left to give when another recession hits.
cc: Sen. Sherrod Brown