Change is likely coming – particularly in the world of healthcare coverage. What it might look like and how it could affect the people of Arizona remains to be seen, but all indications are that big change is on the way and if that means repeal without replace…that concerns some Arizonans.
Arizona Democrats and “Obamacare” allies held a rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday, defending the health-care law passed in 2010.
Democratic lawmakers, a retired physician and two families who secured health insurance through the Affordable Care Act-funded Medicaid expansion urged Arizona’s congressional delegation to reject the fast-moving repeal.
“Congress is rushing through a bill that will take away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans and increase costs for millions,” Katie Hobbs, the Arizona Senate Democratic leader, said to a crowd of about 50 people. “They are rushing ahead to rip apart our health-care system with no plan whatsoever to replace it … “
AzCentral also put together a short video on the rally which you can watch by clicking here or on the picture below.
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Immediate Past Chair Judy Rich, President & CEO of TMC Healthcare, wrote a piece for Tucson.com that suggested, ‘simply repealing Obamacare with nothing to replace it will hurt our state’s hospitals and its residents.’ Ms. Rich also encouraged three things during the repeal and replace process.
- Preserve coverage for the 21 million who have gained insurance under the ACA and promote the availability of affordable and accessible health insurance.
- Understand that a flat repeal without a clear plan for replacement would be disruptive and harmful to the country’s health-care system.
- Ensure that the health-care safety net is secured, if not strengthened.
According to KJZZ Radio in Phoenix, “While the federal exchange gets much of the attention, Obamacare touches more than just the 200,000 who bought insurance through the website healthcare.gov. About 425,000 Arizonans also have coverage through the law’s Medicaid expansion. If those federal dollars go away, the state would have to come up with nearly $330 million to keep them covered. Under more dramatic scenarios, the cost could rise to a billion dollars.”
CNN.com quoted Arizona Senator John McCain as saying he supports taking a slower approach to repealing the law, saying he is “always worried about something that took a long time in the making and we’ve got to concentrate our efforts to making sure that we do it right so that nobody’s left out.”
We understand that many people feel strongly on all sides of this issue and we encourage you to let us know how you would like to see things progress over the next few months. Keeping the lines of communication open will be important throughout this process to ensure that the people of our state continue to get the care they need. Making sure Arizonans have what they need to remain healthy is a big part of our long-term goal to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!