Lawmakers Press Citizens to Fight to Save Obamacare

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A health care forum Saturday in Bowie, Maryland, also became a rally to encourage relatives, friends and others nationwide to fight for the Affordable Care Act.

The discussion at Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), was spurred by Thursday’s unveiling of the GOP Senate’s proposal to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

The GOP proposal includes deep cuts to Medicaid, the repeal of most of the tax increases promised by the ACA, and the option for states to opt out of currently mandated insurance requirements.

Van Hollen said the Senate bill, similar to one passed by the House last month, also provides tax cuts to affluent Americans. He also stressed to the several hundred people in attendance that out of the 52 Republican senators on Capitol Hill, only three are needed to not approve a bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks to introduce to the floor next week for a vote.

“These health care proposals are very bad for America. They are really about wealth-care,” Van Hollen said. “In the coming days, [tell] anybody you know, in any state in the country … [to] call their senators from these other states and tell them to do the right thing.”


Karine Jean Pierre, a MSNBC contributor and spokeswoman for, moderates a June 24 discussion on health care reform at Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church in Bowie, Maryland. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

President Donald Trump and other Republicans have said the ACA remains too costly for insurance companies to provide coverage for millions of Americans. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House’s health care bill would reduce the federal deficit by $119 million, but Americans who reside in states that request waivers from health requirements would pay more out of pocket.

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