Paul Ryan Pulls Health Care Bill from House Floor: Great News in Ryan’s District
KENOSHA, 3/24/2017 – Today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the House floor, avoiding a vote by the full House and effectively ending any chance of the bill passing. Ryan was the original sponsor and key proponent of the bill. “Today’s actions by Speaker Ryan shows that a majority of Americans are not in favor with his health care bill. Many of us in his district did not want this bill either,” remarked Charlie Breit, Forward Kenosha board member. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), non-partisan analyses for economic and budget decisions of Congress, 24 million more Americans would be without health insurance by 2026 due to the provisions of the AHCA. “With Paul Ryan’s health care plan, 46,200 people including 9,900 children in his own district would have lost health insurance coverage. We should be working to find ways to expand coverage – not taking it away from hard working families,” added Breit.
We are encouraged by this action and it affirms our position that this bill is not what’s best for America. We request that Paul Ryan and other House leaders work together to improve upon the Affordable Care Act – not repeal it – and find a solution that provides a means for affordable, high-quality health insurance for all. “The number one topic at our open-chair constituent town hall was health care. A top topic discussed in our Facebook group is health care. Paul Ryan’s constituents are very concerned about his desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act and didn’t want this bill,” says Breit.
The AHCA replaced government subsidies with age-based tax credits, which would have caused rising health insurance premiums - especially for seniors and low-income Americans. It’s estimated that the AHCA would have raised premiums for a 64-year-old with an income of $26,500 from $1700 to $14,600 per year. “Ultimately, the AHCA would’ve led to insurance plans with higher premiums, less coverage and overall higher costs than what we have now. Many people in Ryan’s district would’ve seen massive premium increases by this bill,” says Breit. The AHCA did provide the wealthiest top 2% of Americans with $274 billion in tax breaks. “It is clear that this law was all about tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the rest of us. I hope Speaker Ryan takes into account the impact his law would’ve had on his district when considering a new bill in the future,” adds Breit.
Speaker Ryan didn’t have the votes to pass the AHCA due in-part to the GOP Freedom Caucus’ lack of support for the bill. Their position is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the provisions that it provides. “The market-based approach has proven that it is incapable of delivering affordable and high-quality health insurance to all Americans. We had that and it didn’t work. A full repeal of the ACA would be a death sentence for millions of people. We live in a compassionate America and should be working towards everyone having good health insurance coverage,” concludes Breit. All Americans should have the health care, prescription drugs and health insurance they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Furthermore, we believe that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all, health insurance plan is the only true way to provide affordable and high-quality healthcare, and low-cost prescription drugs for all Americans.
The mission of Forward Kenosha is to act in solidarity to promote peace and to assure the dignity, inclusion, equality, safety and respect of every person in our community through education, advocacy and political engagement. Currently, Forward Kenosha has over 1,400 advocates who reside in Paul Ryan’s district. More information on Forward Kenosha is available at www.forwardkenosha.org.
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