Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Costello’s office again target of protesters

by Kacey Stewart, Daily Local News, 4/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Protesters gathered again outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse Wednesday evening in support of the Affordable Care Act. Despite a drop in temperature, picketers still turned out with signs, many wearing the pink “pussy hats” made popular at the Women’s March which took place in January. The demonstrators urged U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, to support the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

This was yet another in a string of protests regarding Costello and his stance on health care. A moderate Republican, he has stated that he would be interested in maintaining parts of the ACA, such as coverage of those with pre-existing conditions and the ability for children to stay on their parent’s plan until the age of 26. Costello voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in committee, but has said that he would have voted against it in a final vote. After a town hall meeting in which constituents were able to voice their concerns to Costello, many continued to feel dissatisfied with the answers he provided.

Protest organizer Beth Sweet said the protests such as these are meant to remind Costello of the promises made to his constituents regarding health care….

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Moderate Republican Costello feels health care pressure in town hall

by Eric Bradner, CNN Politics, 4/8/17

West Chester, Pennsylvania (CNN)Thirty minutes before he’d face riled-up constituents in a Saturday afternoon town hall here, Rep. Ryan Costello looked out the window of his second-floor office.

“Give us his tax returns,” he chuckled, reading a passerby protester’s sign.

“A roller-blader now is telling me about it,” Costello muttered five minutes later as another man skated by.

Costello is so attuned to those protesting him that in an interview, he laid out the schedules of each of the groups that protest outside his office in West Chester’s town center daily and weekly. “On good days there’s 50; on bad days there’s 15,” he said.

Costello even asked the local chapter of Indivisible, a group opposed to President Donald Trump’s agenda, to delay its planned noon Saturday protest by two hours to avoid a conflict with a military academy nomination event. It obliged.
“Hopefully there will be more,” he said, looking outside shortly after 2 p.m. ET. “The more people, the better. It’s democracy.”

That Costello is paying such close attention to progressive protesters underscores the pressure he and other more moderate Republicans in swing districts are feeling from an energized Democratic base as House Republican leadership and the White House to discuss repealing Obamacare.

Costello’s district in Philadelphia’s western suburbs voted in favor of Hillary Clinton over Trump by 1 percentage point — and though Costello won his second term by 14 points, in a swing region he’s sure to be a Democratic target in the 2018 midterms. …

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American Health Care Act leaves many uninsured

By Janet M. Colliton, Daily Local News, 3/13/17

It is sad to say but, if you wanted to draft a bill that caused as many Americans as possible to lose their health care coverage, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the American Health Care Act, a bill recently passed out of two U.S. House of Representatives committees. Thankfully it has not been enacted yet. A bipartisan Congressional Budget Committee report is due and is expected to indicate the impact.

Regardless of complaints both from the right and from the left, House Speaker Ryan indicates that this bill is the best chance to rescind the Affordable Care Act and he therefore discourages attempts at voting the bill down or proposing amendments. One suspects that, after seven years of opponents’ calls to eliminate Obamacare, the feeling is that something, anything should be passed to show that it can be done. On the other hand this is a heavy price to pay to make a point….

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Defend the Affordable Care Act@

The GOP’s plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act is out — and if it passes, it would have a devastating impact on working families.

This proposal will drive premiums way up, especially for those who need health care coverage the most. It slashes subsidies for those who are just above the poverty line, and it would allow insurance companies to charge older people FIVE TIMES as much as they charge younger people. You’ll pay more money for less care.

Republicans are going to try to ram this mess through Congress before their constituents realize what is in it. Their first vote will happen this week. It’s up to us to stop them.

Call your Representative right now and tell him to vote NO on the GOP’s disastrous health care proposal!!!

This proposal is a laundry list of horrible health care ideas, including:

It repeals the Medicaid expansion and turns the program into a block grant to states, a move that would cut Medicaid funding dramatically and will leave millions of poor and working people to fend for themselves. In California alone, 71% of those who gained coverage through Medicaid expansion were people of color.

It defunds Planned Parenthood, and it contains a provision that would make it nearly impossible to obtain private insurance that would cover an abortion.

It contains a huge hidden tax cut for the rich that would go exclusively to families that make more than $200,000 a year — and which steals funding from Medicare, putting the program in serious danger.

This horrendous proposal proves what we’ve known all along: The GOP was never serious about making the health care system work for working families. If this passes, people will not be able to afford to get the health care they need. We must stop it.

For the past 7 years they’ve lied to voters about wanting to replace the Affordable Care Act with something better. But now that they’re in power, they’re using it to gut consumer protections, drive up profits for insurance companies and cut taxes for the rich — all at our expense