So, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The results seem to have devastating consequences.

People with pre-existing medical conditions may have unaffordable premiums. Wealthier citizens who do not need affordable care will, all the same, be given tax breaks. Medicaid will become a block grant program, meaning that fewer people will receive Medicaid. This change will affect the elderly and disabled the most.

If that is not enough misery, should the Senate pass the bill, all federal clinics stand to lose close to 90 percent of their funding. In the Rio Grande Valley, the federal clinics are the places of last resort for the poor and uninsured.

The RGV Equal Voice Network is appalled at the potential for millions of people losing health coverage. While we well understand the limitations of Obamacare, we feel that changes to improve it could be made.

Over the past years, one of the most disturbing statements we heard over and over again was, “The American people want us to get rid of Obamacare.” Even with the voices of the American Medical Society, the Hospital Associations, AARP and other health related associations like the National Association of Federal Health Clinics speaking in opposition to the repeal efforts, their voices were ignored.

We now challenge our two Texas Senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, to come to the Valley and meet with our RGV Equal Voice Health Working Group. We want them to hear from health care providers as to just how they will be affected as a nonprofit and how their programs and ability to serve the same number of patients will be drastically cut. We want them to hear from people who will suffer if this bill goes through. Let them listen to recommendations these providers have to make the existing program better. We are willing to meet on any date at any time with them. Otherwise, please do not say “This is what the American people want. This is what our constituents are telling us.”- Because, at least for us, that is not the case.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this guest column shows President Donald Trump smiling with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House pushed through a health care bill on May 4, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Evan/AP)