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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Health bill and hunger

To the editor:

Several weeks ago, the Kane County Chronicle ran an article on local congressmen and protests. While you discussed Bill Foster and Randy Hultgren, you made no mention of St. Charles’ other congressman, Peter Roskam.

I did not have a chance to attend a meeting with Mr. Roskam, but I would have liked to offer the following:

I am a member of a Christian advocacy group called Bread for a World. On a recent webinar, they mentioned as a threat to hunger the American Health Care Act recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and supported by Congressman Roskam. How is this bill a hunger issue? Because, as the webinar stated, the American Health Care Act will cause millions of people to lose their Medicaid health coverage, including seniors. These people will face the “treat or eat” dilemma where they cannot afford to pay for both their medications and food. So, choosing either of these options could lead to more health problems or lead to hunger.

Therefore, I hope the members of Congress, including Congressman Roskam, will consider all the ramifications, including those leading to hunger, before voting on the final bill to eliminate health care coverage for children and senior citizens.

Ted Maxeiner

St. Charles

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