Health Care Rally in Buffalo

Obamacare: "Tweak it and keep it"

Mike Baggerman
September 22, 2017 - 2:38 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Members of the Community Health Center of Buffalo and the Health Care Education Project rallied in opposition of the proposed U.S. Senate health care bill on Friday morning at 1390 South Elmwood Avenue.

"(The health care replacement) would be replaced with a huge backwards step that would deny health care coverage to 20 million Americans and would reconfigure the medicare system in a way that would do damage, almost immediately, to states like New York," Bill Covington, Regional Organizer for the Health Care Education Project. "In the long haul, it would do enormous damage to the entire country, to all the poor and disabled people who rely on Medicaid."

The group encouraged the Senate Republicans to vote the same way as they did in the last repeal effort. Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski previously voted against the previous bill. McCain announced on Friday afternoon his opposition to the bill.

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"The Affordable Care Act needs a lot of work," Covington said. "Improvement and repair. Our hope is that we defeat this current attempt...and then both sides of Congress can work together to improve the health care system."

Karla Thomas, Director of Outreach and Marketing for the Community Health Center of Buffalo, said the group is not only looking at the weak parts of the Affordable Care Act, but to protect the strong parts.

"Tweek Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, and keep it," she said, with the group echoing her words after.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Graham-Cassidy version of the health care bill some time next week.

 

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