With backing from President
Hospitals, doctors, and consumer groups are warning of large coverage losses and cost shifts if the bill is signed into law as written.
Meanwhile, a political group tied to House Republican leaders, the American Action Network, is running TV ads to pressure hard-line conservative leaders of the
Many in that group have opposed the
Wolf's letter outlines what he sees as the fundamental problems with Trump's plan, called the American Health Care Act. He wrote:
* More than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are enrolled in
* More than 700,000 of them gained coverage only after the expansion that Wolf put in place as a part of the Affordable Care Act after taking office.
* The plan could be "a matter of life and death -- especially for those receiving life-saving addiction treatment that has finally begun to drive back the opioid epidemic" statewide.
* Older Pennsylvanians also would be hit especially hard, as the proposed law would allow insurance companies to charge them five times as much as others, while drastically reducing subsidies that have made their care affordable. According to an analysis from
* People who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us. Women, in particular, will be hurt by the defunding of
* While the
Wolf has reached out to five key congressmen who serve on pivotal House committees asking them to vote "no" on the plan --
And here in
Their constituents should remember their names when deciding whether to re-elect them, particularly if this legislation turns out to be as profit-over-people driven as it appears.
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