Protests mount in Atlanta over looming repeal of Affordable Care Act

Posted February 27, 2017

It is clear that the new Congress is poised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has provided access to health care insurance for approximately 20 million Americans, including many employees of small businesses and individuals who had no access to affordable group coverage.

"We need to look forward and we need to do what's best for the state of Minnesota", Pierson said.

"It is impossible to have insurance that is comprehensive, covers everything and everybody, pays hospitals enough and pharmaceutical and medical device companies are comfortable with and is cheap", Simon said. "She says if something isn't done the ACA potentially could collapse the entire American health care system".

"We had tried to get Mr. Rooney to come, but he said it wasn't on his schedule", Nayer said.

"I think they don't have any kind of full substantial plan for actually taking care of people on Medicare or Medicaid". While some Republicans are concerned about the long-term financial feasibility of such an expansion, others are under pressure from constituents desperate for more affordable health insurance to support the expansion. Low income adults without children are 17 percent more likely to have health insurance, 7 percent more likely to have a personal doctor and 11 percent less likely to cite cost as a barrier to health care. "People will be dying without their health care".

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Rally organizers say healthcare is too expensive and there are thousands of Mainers that have to go without. "And we are so lucky in this country to have gotten the ACA and now to have it on the brink of having it thrown away frightens me to no end", said Nancy James from Rancho Penasquitos. If our government will not negotiate on behalf of the public, private industry dictates our choices - and you can be sure that you will pay the maximum. The Internal Revenue Service has since said it won't reject filings from taxpayers who fail to state whether they have paid for health insurance mandated by the law. The Congressional Budget Office said the repeal of the ACA would leave 18 million Americans without insurance coverage.

Mundy mentioned a couple of programs the hospital is investing in. "It is a travesty for this country that we don't have basic humans rights that other countries have".

Healthcare bureaucracy can impede our ability to offer patient- and family-centered care.

"You get all the data for what every one of those patients cost Medicare a year ago", Leonard said. "I'm not going to make that call for you; that's a decision that you're going to have to make'". The program seems to be working well for those who need it. More and more, we see this law collapsing in front of us.