Why We're Supporting the Health Care Bill

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24 March, 2017

A vote on the health care overhaul had been expected Thursday night, but GOP House leaders postponed the vote. Some Republicans believe the government shouldn't be involved in health insurance at all, so they dislike the AHCA for the opposite reason as those angry constituents: they say it doesn't go far enough, and they should hold out for full repeal.

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".

Contending that "America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act", Obama pointed to the 20 million-plus people who gained health care coverage under the law.

Furthermore, the tax cuts proposed as part of the health care reform will disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, while lower-income individuals and families lose coverage. I have not heard one single idea from any Democrat to make the ACA any better or make the new Republican plan any better. Because I couldn't afford to buy private insurance, I was uninsured for a year and a half prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Republicans would be hard pressed to do anything but repeal it after years of promises to repeal the law. Single-payer American health care would prevent that.

Molina said his main concern with the legislation is changes to Medicaid, which would go from open-ended payments to block grants to the states in 2020. The AHCA changes subsidies and reduces Medicaid.

As of this morning, 29 republicans likely lined up against it. President Trump was up all night trying to switch some of those votes to yes. "But, if they're elderly, if they're children, then I think there's no question they're going to be able to keep their health care", he added.

The previous Affordable Care Act included the Community First Choice Option, which activists say is the only Medicaid program aimed at ensuring that people with disabilities can live in the community they choose.


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