Lawmakers must protect the essentials in the ACA replacement

Darin HammondFeb 27, 2017

The high-energy gathering came just before Congress heads back into session Monday in Washington, after two weeks of news on how dramatically Republicans would alter the health-care framework established by the ACA.

Supporters held up candles in the park. "We absolutely don't want to see that happen". The West Terre Haute couple is covered by an expansion of Medicaid made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

"The effect on our patients, the effect on my work and that of my co-workers and the effect on our community", said the certified nursing assistant, who works on the University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital's nursing home floor.

"We pay our premiums, we aren't asking for handouts", Dallum said.

"Now he's on Medicare and he loves that too", Martin said.

"This doesn't feel optional to me", she said. "There are a few issues here and there but in general I like them, especially Husky".

"I'm here to support healthcare for all, it is a basic human right everyone should have", said Mozeika.

In addition to roughly 1.2 million county residents who gained health insurance under the ACA, many more benefited from provisions that allowed children to stay on their parents' policies until age 26, prohibited insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, eliminated caps on catastrophic illnesses and required more employers to offer insurance, Ridley-Thomas said.

Mundy said repeal of the Affordable Care Act would still affect people who do not directly receive their coverage through it. "And the same forces for repeal are also coming after Medicare and Social Security". That said, it does appear that there are many people still in favor of the Obamacare system, despite some of the pitfalls it has on other Americans. The Internal Revenue Service has since said it won't reject filings from taxpayers who fail to state whether they have paid for health insurance mandated by the law. While some Republicans are concerned about the long-term financial feasibility of such an expansion, others are under pressure from constituents desperate for more affordable health insurance to support the expansion.

I asked to hear from him regarding his intentions toward the Affordable Care Act and concluded by asking him not to touch the ACA unless there existed a much better plan. Revamping the healthcare system warrants a town hall meeting with Representative Jason Smith. Because economic policies have a direct impact on access to health care.

He added: "Republicans can go and do what they want, and I'm going to talk to them".

"I saw people who could not get screening tests for cancer, and I saw people who had cancer and couldn't get their cancer treated", she said.

Berriault organized the rally with the help of Our Revolution's Central Connecticut chapter.

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