Barbara Braden: GOP health plan a leap backwards

Posted March 24, 2017

LoBiondo (NJ-02) said today that he will vote against the American Health Care Act, a Republican proposal that would replace the Affordable Care Act - or Obamacare - scheduled for a vote Thursday.

"When I took office, millions of Americans were locked out of our health care system", he said.

In fact, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has often retold an anecdote about the power of women in this exact debate: "During the health care debate, [Sen.] Debbie Stabenow's sitting at a table during a somewhat boring negotiation on the Finance Committee".

Cuomo also said the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would cost the state 6.9 billion dollars and result in loss of coverage for 2.7 million New Yorkers. And, according to the CBO, the bill would drive more people into insurance plans with high deductibles by providing smaller tax credits for consumers and enabling insurers to pay less of a patient's total health care costs than now required.

If passed, the AHCA would defund Planned Parenthood, a service offering people of all genders essential health care and services.

I and my fellow Americans will pay for this problematic situation, inefficient and inhuman as it is.

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The Republican repeal bill is an all-around disaster. If you're like the majority of Americans, you might be wondering how to protest the AHCA before the House votes on the bill on Thursday. Moderate-income families will lose subsidies, and many other families will lose their Medicaid coverage.

The inspiring retelling of history glosses over much of the bitter congressional fighting, interest group accommodations and legislative compromises that were required to make the Affordable Care Act law. They didn't vote for Republicans then and they won't now, so what does it matter?

Many, many people need insurance through the Affordable Care Act to pay for medications, procedures and tests that keep them alive every day.

"If this bill passes 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance".

All Democrats and three Republicans on the House Budget Committee voted against the bill.

"We need to repeal and replace this law with patient-centered health care to give people choices", he said.