"It's just amazing that this is a Monday at noon," said Huffman, D-
Huffman said the
"This has become the norm for the community conversations that I've been having around my district," Huffman said.
Huffman said that while he would like to work with
"Right now my job is to fight," Huffman said.
Bringing some extra drama to the meeting, the
Huffman said the public can now expect to see an effort launched by Republican's to undermine the CBO's credibility.
But Huffman said, "This CBO director was actually hired by
Huffman and a panel of health care experts spoke briefly before taking questions from the audience. The panel consisted of
The experts said much of the lost coverage will result from Ryan's proposal to cut federal funding to
"The reduction in
Colfax said the proposed revisions to the Affordable Care Plan would also hurt women, because of funding cuts to
"I think we have to bring a life and death urgency to this issue," Colfax said. " We know that if people don't have coverage they wait to access health care. They fall into financial ruin and they die sooner. We have decades of data on that."
Panelists said the problems with Ryan's replacement plan go beyond the number of people who would lose health insurance if it were implemented.
Jacobs said more young people might purchase health insurance under Ryan's plan, since it allows insurance companies to charge older Americans more for healthcare relative to younger ratepayers. Insurance companies prefer younger customers, since they're less likely to use their insurance.
But Jacobs said, "It's important not just that people have health insurance but that the people who need health coverage have health coverage.
"The other piece of this," Jacobs said, "is the
The panel said that the taxes that Ryan's proposal would remove from the Affordable Care Act would inordinately favor the wealthy.
Jacobs said, "The overall effect is a very large redistribution from low and middle-income families to the more affluent."
'A bad, bad deal'
Huffman said, "It represents a massive tax cut for millionaires. Each of the 400 wealthiest families in America under this bill will get a tax break worth
Estes said, "We know from empirical work that economic and health security are inextricably linked. There is tremendous inequality in life expectancy gains, which is in direct relation to the amount of wealth and income one has and access to health care."
In addition to the experts, two people who successfully recovered from life-threatening illnesses talked about how vital the Affordable Care Act was to their survival.
Most of the questions from the audience Monday were from people who wanted to know how they could play a role in fighting to preserve the Affordable Care Act. Huffman said he couldn't comment, since the event was taxpayer-funded, but Peled advised people to contact swingleft.org or IndivisibleAgainstTrump@gmail.com.
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