Bernie Sanders Hails Withdrawal Of GOP Health Bill 'Victory'

"We have grave concerns about the potentially disastrous impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on hundreds of thousands of low income New Yorkers and the organizations that serve them", said the letter sent by Eric Goldstein, the CEO of the UJA-Federation of ny.

Even after an emotional meeting of House Republicans Thursday night in support of the bill, GOP lawmakers and aides said the outcome of Friday's vote would depend on late decisions by a handful of Republicans, including many in the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the chamber's most conservative lawmakers. And in spite of the frequently-repeated Republican claim that Obamacare is a failed program, the 12.2 million people who enrolled in health plans for 2017, and those folks who are now eligible for Medicaid benefits, are very pleased with their coverage and financial security. The American Health Care Act would have reduced income-based financing from the government to assist people who don't have an employer paying a share of their health care to buy their own health insurance.

"We have a congressional delegation that has proven it will act in ways that are hostile to the state", Cuomo said. And older Americans could have been charged five times what younger folks will pay for the insurance. I am hopeful future legislation will achieve these goals and I will work with President Trump, Speaker Ryan and all those who wish to improve the health care system in this country. The bill would grant tax breaks worth $200 billion to insurance companies, drugmakers and other industries.

Since the ACA became law in 2010, said Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, the uninsured rate among Pennsylvanians has dropped from 10.2 percent to a record low 6.4 percent.

It was a striking setback for the GOP, which controls both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House, and whose members for years have run on the issue of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The letter writer has begun the conversation we should all be having.

The fate of the health care bill can also be attributed to the divisive partisan and ideological atmosphere that maintains a status quo of gridlock and prevents progress to be made on a range of issues.

I continue to believe that most Americans think everyone should have health care.

  • Joanne Flowers