Fight against repealing the Affordable Care Act hits Harrisburg
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 01.23.17
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Lynn Keltz, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association, speaks at a rally to fight against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
(Harrisburg) -- In the span of less than five hours, speakers at two different press conferences at the state Capitol attacked the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
First, two elected Democrats praised the Affordable Care Act for its economic impact in Pennsylvania.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella pointed to studies that show through Medicaid expansion, economic activity has picked up by more than $2 billion.
Then, at another press conference, Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas spoke to Republicans who want to repeal and replace the law.
"What they need to do is they need to go talk to the people who are getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and they need to tell them to their face, not behind some desk, not making some speech in the Capitol, they need to tell them to their face, they don't deserve health care anymore," says Dallas.
The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion covers more than 670,000 low-income people.
"They should have to see those people face to face and tell them why they don't deserve health care, because otherwise, I'm the one who's going to have to send letters to everybody, I'm the one who's going to have to explain to everybody why they don't have health care anymore," he adds.
Dallas says Republicans need to offer proposals that will provide just as much coverage if they want to repeal the ACA.
One proposal would give states options to keep the law, but it's unclear how it would work financially.
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