Mr. Weberman goes to Washington

Constituents Accept Rep. Trott’s offer to meet with him in Washington DC to discuss health care

Ed Weberman credits the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with saving the life of his son, Alex who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma right after graduating college. Weberman had been trying for months to meet with Rep. David Trott (R-MI11) to tell him his story, but Trott’s staffers gave him the runaround and no meeting. Moments after he stood up at a town hall meeting in Novi last Saturday, Rep. Trott broke out his phone and scheduled a meeting with him in Washington DC. That meeting is happening today.

On Saturday, when Weberman asked Rep. Trott if he thought health care was a human right, Rep. Trott said “Of course yes. The answer is yes.” But the Republican plan repeal the ACA would leave 24 million people without coverage according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. “I need to know how Rep. Trott feels about leaving so many people like my son without health care if he really thinks they have a right to it.” Weberman said.

After Weberman sat down, Amber Barbieri stood up with a picture of her son, Julius. She wanted to tell Rep. Trott how the ACA has made treating his type 1 diabetes possible. He offered to meet with her and Weberman at the same time, but that would not be possible on such short notice.

Instead, another constituent, Marilyn Nosenchuck whose Nephew, Jamie receives subsidized insurance through the ACA, will taker her place. “There are a lot of stories like mine and Amber’s in the 11th district. And a lot of them were shut out of the town hall last Saturday” Nosenchuck said. Indeed, about a thousand people showed up to the convention center in Novi, but the room that was reserved only held about 450 of them. “Rep Trott needs to hear them if he’s going to vote on the ACA repeal. I’m hoping he will hold another town hall soon so we can all talk to him like this.“

By one estimate, the 11th district would be the hardest hit under the proposed GOP reform with  over 76,000 people losing coverage without subsidies or medicaid expansion.