Last week marked the seven-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. A law that many argue is one of the crowning achievements of President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaThe resistance is working as Republicans pull healthcare bill Gorsuch has moderate record on immigration: analysis Why ObamaCare is the perfect prescription for prison reform MORE’s legacy.
For the last seven years, Republicans in the House and Senate have talked about their plan to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, “ObamaCare”, and replace it with a law that cuts costs and covers more Americans.
Yet, the Republican repeal and replace health care law titled, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), does nothing of the sort.
With majority control of both chambers of Congress and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, why on earth was Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanA celebration for Dems? Not so fast. The resistance is working as Republicans pull healthcare bill Schumer: Ryan shoud replace Nunes on Intel chair MORE (R-Wis.) forced to pull the healthcare bill from the floor Friday afternoon?
The answer is: the resistance is working.
Let’s be clear, the Republican AHCA would have taken away essential health benefits and services from 24 million Americans young and old.
Essential health benefits include: maternity care, prescription drug coverage, and emergency room visits, to name a few of the highlights. The Republican plan would have essentially stripped coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Speaker Ryan and President Trump’s attempt to strip 24 million Americans of the health coverage they received over the last seven years as a result of the Affordable Care Act is just plain wrong.
A plan that cuts essential health benefits from the most vulnerable members of our communities, the poor, our seniors, people with pre-existing conditions and our working class families, is not a suitable health plan for the American people.
Friday’s decision by Republican leadership in the House and President Trump to…