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Good afternoon, Representative Thompson, my name is Leah and I live in the 5th Congressional District. I've lived there since 1976, and I vote in every primary and general election.

My two year old grandson Grant was born with polycystic kidney disease which is genetic. There is no cure, but it is treatable. PKD patients frequently belong to a progression of kidney failure, dialysis and sometimes transplants.

My grandson is currently covered under his parents' health insurance. But what if their employer changes the terms of their coverage, or if his parents lose their insurance? What is Grant going to do on his own?

The recently released, just a couple of days ago, House GOP blueprint to replace the Affordable Care Act includes a proposal to distribute state innovation grants to fund high risk pools. But the policy document provides no funding details. Without enough federal aid, states could be faced with picking up the rest of the tab. Is budget strapped Pennsylvania going to fill the gap with a high risk pool?

Representative Thompson, if my grandson can not afford the premiums in a high risk pool, can he have your insurance policy? Because my grandson deserves to live as much as you do.


This from a transcription of the 2/25/2017 State College town hall held by Congressman Glenn Thompson's constituents. The Representative was invited, but he did not attend. Links to the video are available here. The text has been lightly edited for clarity.

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