Forward Kenosha to Host Town Hall with Congressman Mark Pocan in Kenosha
KENOSHA, WI 5/7/2017 - Health care has been a core topic of discussion among the Forward Kenosha community and a source of angst for many people in Southeastern Wisconsin since the November 2016 election. The recent vote by the House of Representatives to narrowly pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has left many of us wondering and worried about the future state of our health care. Forward Kenosha will be hosting a congressional town hall on Friday, May 12 at 1 pm and have invited our Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congressman Mark Pocan, Kenosha native and from neighboring Wisconsin’s 2nd District to answer questions and provide information on the AHCA and other topics related to our federal government.
Mark Pocan has already responded and confirmed he will be in attendance. In order to pass the AHCA, Republican lawmakers made last minute changes to the law to secure the needed votes, which left many of us outside of Washington D.C. unsure of the full impacts of the bill. “There wasn’t an assessment by the Congressional Budget Office. There weren’t any public hearings or listening sessions. This bill was rushed through and we’ve heard many people locally express their concerns about their ability to acquire, afford and access health care services and prescription drugs under the AHCA,” commented Charlie Breit, Forward Kenosha board member. “We thought providing a forum for us to speak directly to those involved in the bill was the best approach to help our community better understand the bill, its impacts and make sure people had the right information,” added Gina Walkington, Forward Kenosha board member.
The town hall will be open to the public and take place at the UAW Local 72 hall at 3615 Washington Road in Kenosha. Doors will open at 12:15 pm and the session will start at 1 pm. The session will be moderated and questions will be collected in-person from those in attendance. Health care has been a core topic of discussion among the Forward Kenosha community and a source of angst for many people in Southeastern Wisconsin since the November 2016 election.
The goal of the session is to inform those interested in learning more about the AHCA and other congressional topics. Previously, it was estimated that 49,200 people including 6,300 children within Paul Ryan’s district would lose their health insurance under the AHCA. It’s estimated that 306,400 people living in Ryan’s district have a pre-existing condition and could be adversely affected by the AHCA with higher premiums, lifetime coverage limits and even be denied coverage due to their pre-existing condition.
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.
Name: Gina Walkington
Phone Number: 262-288-1304