“The reckless and short-sighted decision by the Administration to end cost-sharing subsidies for 233,663 Pennsylvanians — 55% of all Marketplace enrollees — will leave hardworking people facing higher premiums and a chaotic insurance market. In many states, rates are certain to increase and some insurers may leave the market. In Pennsylvania, however, proactive planning on the part of the state’s Insurance Department means that we anticipate no insurers will leave the market, although rates are likely to increase by a bare minimum of 20%.
“Cost-sharing subsidies are not bailouts for insurance companies; they are what allow working families to access affordable health care. …”
Quoted from “PHAN Statement on Cost-Sharing Subsidies,” Pennsylvania Health Access Network. Read the full statement and background there.
by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 9/23/17
WEST CHESTER >> About three dozen demonstrators chanted and held signs high, Friday, outside U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s, R-6, office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse.
Sings reading, “Save Medicaid,” “Preexisting conditions uh oh,” and “Trump care will make America sick” were displayed to hundreds of lunchtime motorists along Market Street.
Demonstrators have met weekly outside Costello’s office since the presidential inauguration.
Organizer Beth Sweet hopes Costello will listen to his constituents.
“We are here to tell Congressman Costello that we don’t support the cuts proposed by the Republicans – cuts that will put the health and safety of residents at risk in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy,” Sweet said….
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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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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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