Tax Reform & 256,000 Children
Letter to the Editor: Independent Tribune
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Tax Reform and 256,000 Children
As a cancer doctor, I treated many people who struggled to pay both for their chemotherapy treatment and their electric bill. In our country, a devastating cancer diagnosis means a family could be crippled by out-of-control debt. I decided to run for the NC House because I watched too many patients die because they couldn’t afford the drugs or treatment. I decided to run because our politicians are not acting in our best interest.
This week, Congress pushed their tax reform bill that temporarily cuts taxes for middle-income families while permanently cutting taxes for the richest Americans. But - Congress also decided to let the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire. CHIP provides healthcare coverage to 256,000 children in North Carolina whose families lack access to affordable employer-based or private insurance.
Many of these children are sons and daughters of former patients of mine - people whose families are still paying for outrageously expensive medicine. The Republican Party has lost all integrity. It’s not the Republican Party I used to know. The Republican Party I used to know wouldn’t sacrifice the livelihoods of thousands of our children for a few cheap political points.
I call on Representative Pittenger and Congress to immediately renew the Children's Health Insurance Program and stop playing politics with our lives.
Dr. Rick Foulke, Waxhaw
Candidate for NC House 68