Today, Paul Ryan (R-WI) canceled the planned vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the ACA”) with TrumpCare. President Trump was unable to muster enough Republican support in the House to pass legislation that Americans are overwhelmingly against.
Jocelyn Bucaro, Chair of the Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee, is calling on the President Trump to reach out in a bipartisan fashion to improve the ACA. “Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to TrumpCare and so, apparently, are a significant number of House Republicans. Trump’s only path forward is to work with ALL Members of Congress to improve the ACA so that health care is more accessible and affordable for everyone. Members of Congress like Warren Davidson only care about repeal and not in fixing health care to improve access and care.”
Trump and many House Republicans campaigned on repealing the ACA (also known as Obamacare). Since the election, thousands of Americans have marched, rallied, written letters to and called their Representatives demanding that they vote against repealing Obamacare. There have been demonstrations and protests across Butler County by Americans deeply opposed to replacing Obamacare and worried about being losing their insurance.
“Seven years ago today, we signed into law legislation that prevented our friends and neighbors from being one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. Legislation that gave us our most effective tool in dealing with a still growing heroin epidemic. It’s obvious now that President Trump needs to reach across the aisle to improve the ACA, not simply kill it to pay for a tax cut just for the extremely wealthy,” said Kathy Wyenandt, Butler County Democratic Central Committee Chair.
With the proposed TrumpCare, premiums are expected to skyrocket with older Americans affected disproportionately by the rate increases. Meanwhile, America’s wealthiest citizens, those making over $250,000 per year, will see a substantial tax benefit averaging $33,000 per year. An expected 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance altogether.