Bustos Shares How Trumpcare Will Impact Illinoisans in Latest “Hear from the Heartland” Video

“We would be priced out. We wouldn’t be able to get the periodic care that we need.”

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, released her third “Hear from the Heartland” video to share how Trumpcare could impact people in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

In the latest video, Joan Rawce Metzger – from the village of Stockton, Illinois – speaks with Congresswoman Bustos about how her family would be hurt by Trumpcare. Rawce Metzger’s husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer and needs quarterly check-ups to keep his condition in check. Despite his pre-existing condition, the Metzgers were able to find affordable and comprehensive coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But under Trumpcare, Rawce Metzger is worried that her family will be priced out of the insurance market due to the lack of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and potentially relegated to an expensive, high-risk pool.

“Joan Rawce Metzger’s story is one that I hear in grocery aisles and at small businesses all across our region – Illinoisans are worried about Trumpcare gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Even though nearly half of Americans have a pre-existing condition, Trumpcare would take us back to the days where too many families were bankrupted and priced out of the insurance market with nowhere to turn for affordable coverage. There’s no doubt that we need to fix what’s broken in health care, but it’s crystal clear that Trumpcare is not the answer.”

You can watch Rawce Metzger’s interview by clicking here or below.

Congresswoman Bustos, a former newspaper reporter, launched “Hear from the Heartland” as a way for people from the 17th Congressional District to make their voices heard as the future of health care for them and their families is debated in Washington.

Bustos previously released “Hear from the Heartland” videos featuring:

  • Kathy and Ron Pearson: Six out of seven members of the Pearson family have pre-existing conditions and they are deeply concerned by how Trumpcare could undermine their access to care.
  • Anastasia and Gryphon Aldridge: Gryphon was born with cerebral palsy, an expensive and lifelong condition. His mother Anastasia is very worried about how Gryphon’s care could be compromised by Trumpcare’s deep cuts to Medicaid and removal of essential benefits protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

During the next several weeks, she will continue releasing additional interviews she has been holding with her constituents.