Category Archives: Healthcare, Medicare & Medicaid

Senate GOP Obamacare replacement would lead to 22 million more uninsured in 2026, CBO estimates

by Jacob Pramuk, CNBC, 6/26/17. A measure like this will hurt thousands of Chester County residents! See our calendar for a rally against this bill in West Chester on Friday June 30.

The Senate’s Obamacare replacement bill would lead to 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026, while average premiums are expected to fall after climbing at first, according to a Monday report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO’s estimate of the plan’s effect on the number of uninsured Americans could influence whether Republican senators support it, as GOP leaders walk a thin line in trying to win the votes needed to pass their plan. The estimated growth in the number of uninsured Americans is slightly lower under the Senate plan than the bill that passed the House last month, which the CBO said would lead to 23 million fewer covered in 2026.

Average premiums for single individuals would rise by 20 percent and 10 percent in 2018 and 2019, respectively, relative to current law, according to the CBO. …

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Healthcare talking points

Almost every Pennsylvanian will be affected by the Republicans’ disastrous plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their plan is not a health plan at all; it is a tax cut for the wealthy than contains an anti-health plan.

There are more than 5 million Pennsylvanians with preexisting conditions; the Republicans’ health care plan would jeopardize their care. More than 715,000 Pennsylvanians have benefited from Medicaid’s expansion; the GOP’s health plan will roll back funding for Medicaid and impose caps on coverage. More than 3,200 people died of a drug overdose in Pennsylvania in 2015; the GOP bill slashes funding to the Medicaid programs that combat the opioid epidemic.

The Republicans’ health plan is projected to increase premiums for working families by 20% next year. It will charge an age tax on older Pennsylvanians and throw seniors who are in nursing homes on the street. It will make prescription drugs unaffordable for millions. It endangers women’s health by defunding Planned Parenthood.

“This proposed bill is unconscionable. It is heartless, immoral, and wrong. This bill, crafted in secret and thrust upon those who have to vote on it, is harmful to the millions of people depending on health care for themselves or their families. Our medical care is not a financial ledger; our lives and those of our parents and their children are at stake,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen. “We are better than this. As a nation, we are a caring people. We do not give to the rich at the expense of the poor. Rich or poor, young or old, we must oppose this legislation with everything we have. Let’s fix what needs to be fixed in the Affordable Care Act and maintain all the good that the act has accomplished. Let’s stop playing games with people’s lives.”

Obama slams ‘fundamental meanness’ of Senate healthcare bill

By Max Greenwood, The Hill, 6/22/17

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted Senate Republican leaders’ plan to overhaul large parts of his signature healthcare legislation, ObamaCare.

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” Obama wrote. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of

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Tom Wolf on medical marijuana: ‘We do not need the federal government getting in the way’


By Wallace McKelvey, pennlive, 6/15/17

Gov. Tom Wolf’s message to Jeff Sessions is simple: Don’t meddle in Pennsylvania’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

“We do not need the federal government getting in the way,” Wolf wrote, in a letter to the U.S. attorney general, on Thursday.

Last month, the nation’s top law enforcement official asked congressional leaders to roll back a 2014 provision that prevents the federal government from prosecuting marijuana suppliers in states with legalized cannabis.

Sessions’ request became public earlier this week. It follows a number of public statements he’s made signaling a crackdown on marijuana, which is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a category that includes other illicit drugs like heroin….

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