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Health Care in the Hands of Congress by Samantha Rupel

Washington, January 26, 2017- Senate Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan.

This vote was a big step taken towards the final repeal process, however, nothing is finalized. The Republican and Democratic lawmakers can agree that Affordable Care Act is a not perfect system, and the United States needs to fix the healthcare system. Republican lawmakers see a solution in wiping the slate clean and quickly piecing together a new system to implement. Democratic lawmakers see a solution in holding onto the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adjusting it as we move forward as a nation. So far, the vote to repeal has won, and the gears have been set in motion to remove the Affordable Care Act.

The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to protect the health care rights of Americans by providing equal public access and choice in health care. The ACA guards the people against cancellation of an insurance plan due to an honest mistake, the right to put into question the denial of payment, and unreasonable rate increases. It gave power to citizens by allowing them a choice of primary care physician, no copayments, emergency care at any facility, and preventative health care options.

Kaiser Permanente Nurse Miles Korgan doubts about the promise of a more affordable public healthcare, “After the Affordable Care Act, I have seen more low income families receive the help they need, and even if it is not a perfect solution, we will see more health issues go untreated far too long if Obamacare is taken away.”

President Trump promised a “far less expensive and far better” replacement plan cover everyone, that would be put into action simultaneously with the repeal of Obamacare. Members of the GOP are nervous about the status of the said replacement plan, as the progress on the plan writing that has been released has been slim.

Republican and Democrats alike are concerned for the future of American health care, because no replacement plan has been finalized. Republican lawmakers are currently working to build a replacement plan, meetings are being held and calculations are being made, but nothing secure has been released. Paul Ryan promised the GOP will quickly re-write the American Care Act, but not rush the bill, ensuring that it is a well thought out, thorough health care plan.

Lawmakers do plan to keep some pieces of ACA for the new law, including young adults being cared for on the health care program their parents are under until the age of 26, and protecting children under 18 against denial of coverage for preexisting conditions.

San Jose State University student Carmen Ostrellos is concerned for the potential gap in time when public health insurance may not be available, “What makes me the most nervous is the lack of a timeline, everyone has something different to say about how simultaneous the replacement plan will be put in place of the ACA.”

Organizations, such as Families USA and Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care, have been working on affordable healthcare for many years, and have come to the table with a large following ready to fight and move forward. The Center for Medicare Advocacy encourages people to share their healthcare stories, as well as reach out to congress. Organizations like these are working to protect what progress has been made by reaching out to the people on all platforms available in this modern age of revolution. All sources say that the only course of action, in either protecting the ACA or repealing it, is to call or write to their congressperson.


Contact one or both of our California Representatives and state your point in the following format for the most efficient and effective outcome:

“(I am in favor of _____ or I oppose ______), and call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative on their DC and State Office lines, and you’ll be on your way to being heard.”


Feinstein, Dianne – (D – CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3841


Harris, Kamala D. – (D – CA)
112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3553




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