Tedra Cobb Discusses the Future of Health Care in Watertown During Trump’s Visit

“It affects people’s lives in northern New York, it’s not theoretical issues just to be discussed in Washington, we need to discuss them here,” she said. “The reality is, repealing the Affordable Care Act will cut off services to people who need health care.”


EMILY GRIFFIN / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb, center, sits with members of Monday’s health care discussion in Watertown.
EMILY GRIFFIN / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb, center, sits with members of Monday’s health care discussion in Watertown.

Amidst the fuss of President Donald Trump’s arrival Monday, congressional candidate Tedra L. Cobb held a roundtable meeting that night to discuss the future of health care.

Present was Tim Boprey, who had brain surgery just two years ago and relied heavily on his health insurance –– and now worries about its fate under current the administration.

“I wouldn’t be here without that health care,” he said.

“One of the reasons we wanted to host something like this today is because Trump is here, and during his campaign he said we would have affordable health care and it would be great, and yet here we are,” said Cobb.

The gathering discussed the importance of getting Congress to solve the health care problem the president has “not solved and has no plan to solve.”

“The cost for health care and prescriptions have increased when they were supposed to be decreasing, it’s no wonder I have high blood pressure,” one member of the discussion said.

Cobb shared her own experiences with healthcare struggles.

“My own daughter had to have emergency back surgery, she needed two MRIs and a neurosurgeon. It came to a $13,000 premium and $13,000 deductible at the time. Now, it’s a $16,000 premium and $10,000 deductible,” she said. Recently her husband had a foot injury and was unable to get it cared for professionally due to that $10,000 deductible, a dilemma many in the nation are facing without affordable care.

Cobb wants to implement health care for all and believes Congress is responsible for getting the negotiations started.

“I think the thing for me is that the Affordable Care Act has fallen short and Congress needs to fix it –– not with dogmatism,” she said. “Elected officials must have the responsibility to solve the problem together.”

Cobb wants to bring the importance of affordable health care to the attention of Northern New York.

“It affects people’s lives in Northern New York, it’s not theoretical issues just to be discussed in Washington, we need to discuss them here,” she said. “The reality is, repealing the Affordable Care Act will cut off services to people who need health care.”

Cobb believes the people need “portable and affordable health care for all” and potentially an expansion of the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re ready for a solution and we’re ready for Congress to solve the problem,” she said. “Congress should be committed to solving the problem and holding hearings.”

Cobb concluded by saying she is willing to work with whomever in order to solve the health care dilemma.

From a Watertown Daily Times article, dated August 14, 2018.

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