House Republicans Pass American Health Care Act 2.0
KENOSHA, WI 5/5/2017 - On May 4, House Republicans led by our Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. This act is believed to effectively cause an estimated 49,200 people including 6,300 children within Paul Ryan’s district to lose their health insurance. “This bill will lead to less people covered by health insurance and for those who still have insurance - the bill removes the necessary protections that many of us in Southeastern Wisconsin count on to ensure that we have the quality coverage required for us and our families to live healthy lives,” says Charlie Breit, Forward Kenosha board member. “People with pre-existing conditions, of which there are over 306,400 in our district, will face skyrocketing premiums, lifetime coverage limits and even denial of coverage,” adds Breit.
The AHCA serves to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and eliminates of the ACA’s core essential benefits. This includes no longer requiring health insurance companies to have to cover maternity and newborn care, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood services and even considering a Caesarian section a pre-existing condition. “This law disproportionately affects women - especially lower income women who have less health care choices already.” remarks Gina Walkington, Forward Kenosha board member. “The very apparent and explicit discrimination against women in this bill is appalling. Without the ability to get services from Planned Parenthood, I may not have learned I had pre-cancerous cells. I’m not sure what my life would be like today without access to affordable and quality health care services,” adds Walkington.
Paul Ryan’s desire to repeal and replace the ACA has been a consistent concern for many of his constituents. “It was the top topic at the constituent town hall that we - Forward Kenosha hosted on February 26 and has been regularly discussed in the Forward Kenosha Facebook group,” says Breit. Forward Kenosha has received hundreds of comments centered around people’s uncertainty of being able to afford adequate health care, get quality health insurance and concern that Paul Ryan no longer is acting in their best interests as he sought to pass the AHCA. “Many of Paul Ryan’s constituents feel abandoned by him and now face a future that may include difficulty getting proper health care, insurance coverage and prescription drugs. They’re not sure who Ryan represents anymore,” adds Breit.
Forward Kenosha organized a candlelight vigil of solidarity on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm. The event was designed to let the people of Paul Ryan’s district, our state of Wisconsin, and our nation know that we all stand together in our desire for better legislation. “We will continue to urge our representatives to put the health and wellbeing of all their constituents above all else,” concludes Walkington.
The mission of Forward Kenosha is to act in solidarity to promote peace and to ensure the dignity, inclusion, equality, safety and respect of every person in our community through education, advocacy and political engagement. Learn more about us at www.forwardkenosha.org. Read our Healthcare for All position statement.
Name: Gina Walkington
Phone Number: 262-288-1304