Community Health Leader Weighs In On National Health Reform Debate: An Interview

A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice Fla. chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the

Community Health Leader Weighs In On National Health Reform Debate: An Interview

Is it the Better Care Reconciliation Act or something else that would also likely create enormous burden on our state and shift the economic burden for health coverage to Nevada? The Republican plans weaken this, leaving people with pre-existing conditions vulnerable to being left with no or extremely expensive insurance premiums.

On Thursday, Republicans in the Senate just released another update to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA, their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. According to our recent state-by-state analysis, the dramatic cuts to Medicaid could result in 8.7 million fewer people of color having coverage by 2026.

On Friday, the Senate Parliamentarian sent out a guidance stating the pro-life provisions in the bill - stripping Planned Parenthood of Medicaid reimbursements for one year and prohibiting any tax credits from paying for insurance that includes abortion coverage - could be removed short of 60 votes. "The only question is how many people will be harmed, since Senate Republicans voted to move forward on a bill no one has yet seen but which we already know will raise costs and kick millions off their health insurance, including millions of children, elderly and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., along with three other Republican senators, stressed they would vote for the "skinny repeal" bill only with more assurances that the bill, if passed, would actually not become law. We have worked diligently to get that process underway.

"When they start talking about health care as a privilege, we're way past that", Sri, a physician from D.C. who advocates government-run single-payer national health care for told a rally the week before on Capitol Hill.

The Reform movement joined an array of health advocacy groups in urging the US Senate to reject a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama presidency health care reform legislation. Health care is a service.

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As Bloomberg explained, Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against beginning debate, meaning that opposition from even one more senator would block passage of any health bill.

"Far too often in Congress, politics dictates legislation, and it needs to stop", said Heitkamp. Yet, the House and Senate bills contain no direction on how to implement the proposed changes in a way that would not hurt the millions of people the program serves or the many others touched by the program. The language preventing federal funding of plans covering abortions, however, may still be blocked from a vote.

Earlier on Tuesday, the party had won by 50-51 a vote to begin the debate.

The study, by Manatt Health, estimates that if NY does not come up with the money to make up the difference, 2 million people in the state eventually would lose their health coverage. Many hoped this bill would pass for political reasons, instead it failed for the right reason - because it would have hurt our neighbors and communities. When we do not work together, we all lose.

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