To the editor,

I am outraged that the Senate secretly negotiated legislation that will end Medicaid as we know it and take health care coverage from millions. Senate leaders are planning a vote on their bill without one single hearing.

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The House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in May, which would force 23 million people to lose insurance, 14 million of them from Medicaid alone. The AHCA would cap Medicaid funding to states and force them to ration care, shoulder more costs, and deny health coverage to many of those who need it most. Here in North Dakota, rural hospitals will be put in jeopardy as well. Yet, despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, the Senate plans to base 80 percent of its bill on the AHCA.

People's lives are literally on the line. I urge Sens. Heitkamp and Hoeven to oppose any proposal that cuts or restructures Medicaid or threatens the health care of millions of Americans.

Kathleen Ness

Grand Forks