About six weeks ago, I took a day to visit my state senator, Terrence Murphy, in Albany to express my growing concern with rising health insurance costs. He was not available, which was disappointing because, as he is someone in the medical profession, a chiropractor, I expect him to share some of my concerns. Despite expressing great interest in mitigating the opioid epidemic, he is mute about this pressing issue of rising insurance costs for all of his constituents.

Our group of l7 did meet with a member of his staff. She listened attentively, assuring us she would communicate our concerns to Senator Murphy. Included in our group were health care professionals, local legislators, and constituents with stories of struggles to pay for health care and prescription drugs. Outspoken were clergy and church members who spoke of the moral and ethical right to affordable health care as a human right.

We were disheartened that Senator Murphy’s representative was unable to tell us the senator’s positions on issues we raised, refusing to respond to our basic question: Is access to affordable health care a human right?

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These issues resonate with many of our neighbors, so we ask:

Senator Murphy, it’s time to hold a town hall meeting to hear our concerns and tell us: What you have done in your two terms to ensure that your constituents will be protected from the rising cost of health insurance, worsened by ongoing attacks by Trump and Republicans in Washington?

I refer to the elimination of the individual mandate and attempts to exclude Affordable Care Act provisions protecting sick people denied health care insurance without sustaining exorbitant rates.

So, Senator Murphy, we took a whole day to drive to Albany and meet with you. Will you hold a town hall meeting on health care costs, here in Yorktown?