Sen. Rossana López demands explanation from Rosselló, warns of health crisis
SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Rossana López León called on Gov.-elect Ricardo Rosselló and the Financial Oversight & Management Board to present what she called their fiscal plan, including additional cuts “to important areas, like healthcare.”
She stated that “the fiscal oversight board and the incoming governor, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, must be clear and show their budget cuts in essential services at once.”
She went on, saying, that regarding healthcare, “for example, they must be responsible and specify how many cancer patients won’t receive treatment, how many will die because organ transplants weren’t performed, and how many will be at the mercy of the pain caused by their sickness.”
López León said that when the fiscal oversight board emphasized there won’t be additional funds and referred to Medicare and Medicaid from the Affordable Care Act, “it isn’t talking about the island losing $865 million” nor that the local government has been carrying deficits for the past years.
“What that means is that more than 100,000 people will be left out of the government’s healthcare system. This includes those who are already facing illnesses and those who are about to face these terrible physical challenges,” she explained.
She stressed that cutting healthcare funds would be “a catastrophic infringement on civil rights for thousands of Puerto Rican families, because a human being’s dignity is inviolable and letting them die without treatment is an infringement on their right to healthcare.”
The PDP senator also added that Medicare funds are paid for by the working class, which is why “a $3 billion cut would be unfair and reproachable.”
“It is unfortunate that a nation that promotes social justice and democracy would run over an ally that has always been willing to contribute with its blood and lives in their wars, as well as the best talent for their territory’s industrial development,” she concluded, regarding the United States and its historical relation with Puerto Rico.