Sherrod Brown Blasts Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Congress is set to debate again a GOP plan to change the Affordable Care Act

Congress is set to debate again a GOP plan to change the Affordable Care Act

That's a line from the $200,000 ad campaign from the Community Catalyst Action Fund is airing on radio in Alaska, Arizona, West Virginia, Maine and OH - to put pressure on the Senators from those states to defeat the latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Rand Paul opposes the repeal bill and at least six other senators, John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rob Portman and Jerry Moran, are undecided.

"Two hundred thousand Ohioans are getting opioid treatment because they have insurance through the Affordable Care Act", Brown said.

With almost unheard of consensus, and despite assurances from serial liar President Donald Trump that the bill is actually "great" and would "help people", all 50 state Medicaid directors have signed on to a letter denouncing Republicans' latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Johnson says in a statement "the innovative reforms of Wisconsin" should be reflected in funding formulas to correct "grossly unfair" distribution of money under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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However, these changes to Medicaid would "fundamentally restructure this vital program" and "result in deep funding cuts and lost coverage for millions of people", the bishops wrote. Brown said OH and other states that enacted Medicaid expansion will suffer because the bill will cut back the federal funds that they've been getting. This would help reduce the inequality between the states that chose to partake in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and those that did not.

"We also applaud that Graham-Cassidy redirects funds from organizations that provide abortion", the bishops said.

Concerns are rising that the healthcare proposal could impact Medicaid and the people who rely on it.

They conclude, "the common good should call you to come together in a bi- partisan way to pass thoughtful legislation that addresses the life, conscience, immigrant access, market stability and affordability problems that now exist".

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