To the editor:

Members of the Progressive Hunterdon Democrats and other local groups attended tonight's March 21 Hunterdon County Freeholders meeting.

We attempted to convince our county's all-Republican board to take a moral stance on the issue of healthcare by adopting a resolution in favor of retaining the current ACA rather than replacing it with the current version of Trumpcare.

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Trumpcare would strip healthcare insurance from at least 24 million citizens while offering everyone else far inferior healthcare coverage, according to the a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Members of PHD pointed out the deleterious effects the AHCA (Trumpcare) would have on Hunterdon County residents and businesses.

The Freeholders declined to take any action on the pretense that the law was exclusively a federal issue - despite our pointing out to them the inevitable and measurable effects on local citizens and businesses the repeal of the ACA would have.

One Freeholder claimed that the Freeholders generally lacked the expertise on healthcare issues to speak meaningfully on it. But this alleged lack of expertise did not prevent the honorable gentleman from taking some none-too-subtle shots at the ACA that were so far off-base they drew audible laughter and exclamations of "No, that's wrong" from attendees. 

The Freeholders thereby declined to take a moral stance in solidarity with ordinary Hunterdon County citizens. It is hard not to conclude that, when it comes to healthcare coverage for local residents, the Hunterdon County Freeholders don't care.

Tom Gardner

Flemington