Open Letter to Ted Yoho; Gainesville Constituent Anna Robey

As a 36 year old disabled woman, I’ve been through Hell medically and living on Social Security isn’t easy.

Congressmen Yoho:

I have two issues and fears that are extremely important to me personally and my family. As a constituent, I hope you can answer the questions, calm my fears and actually have our best interests at heart.

1. Can you assure those of us on Social Security and Medicare, that Congress won’t cut Social Security and privatize Medicare? Why can’t you all raise the cap on income that is taxed for Social Security?

As a 36 year old disabled woman, I’ve been through Hell medically and living on Social Security isn’t easy. Between the high cost of medicines, medical costs and low Social Security benefits; most of us on Social Security live on a constant financial tightrope. By cutting our benefits or privatizing Medicare, many of us will be pushed right off the tightrope. I don’t know how my family and I would survive.

If anything, we need a raise in benefits. I have not received a raise in 3 years. We need dental coverage and vision coverage. Many of our medical conditions cause significant dental problems; yet we don’t receive dental coverage with our Medicare. I’ve spent over $80,000 since becoming disabled just in dental costs. There really is no help for us with these costs. Please help us. We need more benefits, not less.

2. How do you advocate for the LGBT citizens in your district? Why aren’t we covered as a protected class federally? What good is the right to get married if many can then be fired for getting married?

Thank you,
Anna Robey, Gainesville

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