Ahead of OC Rally, New Numbers Released on Price Tag of Congressional Votes to Sabotage of our Health Care

Over the last year, Congress has taken a number of votes that undermine the health care of Californians, highlighting new data released today that details the real cost of these votes for constituents in Orange County, with more data in other regions forthcoming.
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, director of communications, Health Access California, 916-532-2128 (cell)

HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES HIGHLIGHT NEW NUMBERS ON PRICE TAG OF CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMEMBERS’ VOTES TO UNDERMINE OUR HEALTH SYSTEM

  • Many California Congressmembers voted for health care repeals and rollbacks that would have been disproportionately devastating to our state, and which have real-life financial consequences for their constituents.
  • With major health care legislation still pending in Congress, new analysis details the impacts of votes already taken, and what’s at stake in potential votes ahead.
  • Orange County residents rally TONIGHT at 6:00pm to call on Congressmembers Mimi Walters & Dana Rohrabacher to stop the attacks on our health care.

Sacramento, CA—Over the last year, Congress has taken a number of votes that undermine the health care of Californians, highlighting new data released today that details the real cost of these votes for constituents in Orange County, with more data in other regions forthcoming. This analysis, based off of new Covered California data, identifies that Californians in Orange County will be paying $457.02 more for health care coverage in 2019 in part due to the 2017 tax bill, supported by Orange County Representative Mimi Walters. The new fact sheets also highlight the potential ramifications of the votes by Representative Walters as well as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the House Budget Bill, both which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As pending and new potential ACA repeal bills loom, these fact sheets lay out what remains at stake for Californians. 

Today, health care advocates are releasing the two fact sheets for the Orange County districts of Reps. Walters and Rohrabacher ahead of tonight’s Southern California rally to call on them to stop the continuing attacks on our health care. More Congressional district analyses are planned for the coming weeks.

“Orange County Californians are paying the price, in higher premiums, for the votes of many of their own Congressmembers. By voting for the tax bill that repealed part of the ACA, fewer Californians will have coverage, meaning the insurance pool will be smaller and sicker, leading to ever-increasing premiums. Through these Representatives’ actions and inaction, Orange County residents will see health prices go up, not down. Even more disturbing in our analysis is the potential devastating consequences to our health care system if all of what they voted for has actually passed,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the organization who authored the fact sheets. “Many of our Congressmembers need to stop voting to cut, cap, and otherwise undermine the health care of their own constituents, and they need to speak out against pending proposals that would disproportionately harm Californians, even over other states. We call on our Representatives to stand with California consumers and against the still-pending proposals that continue to put our patient protections at risk.”

“Aligned with the Trump Administration, Congressmembers Walters and Rohrabacher, along with twelve other California Congressmembers, supported the American Health Care Act, which slashed health coverage subsides, cut Medicaid by 25%, and would have cut Medicare by $487 billion,” continued Wright. “This would have stripped health care from 5 million Californians including 75,088 in Rep. Walters’ district and 94,675 in Rep. Rohrabacher’s district. It would have also denied their constituents with pre-existing conditions the ability to access affordable health care. If it wasn’t for a few votes in the Senate, including the late Senator McCain blocking the proposal in the Senate, the health care situation in Orange County would be even worse.”

“California has gained the most from the ACA, seeing the largest drop in the uninsured rate of all 50 states, and therefore has the most to lose under repeal bills. As efforts continue to sabotage our health care system, including the still-pending Graham-Cassidy proposal as well as a new effort unveiled just last week in the Senate, these fact sheets detailing the dire outcomes of these votes should serve as a rallying cry to stop the continued sabotage of our health care system,” said Wright. 

Constituents of Reps. Walters and Rohrabacher will rally tonight to call on their Congressmembers to stop the ongoing attacks on our health care.

WHAT: Rally releasing new analysis of how much more Orange County consumers will pay for health care as well as other consequences to our communities due to actions of Orange County’s Congressional Representatives.

WHEN: TONIGHT Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Aliso Viejo Town Center (26711 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656)

WHO: Dozens of Orange County residents, business owners, health care consumers, advocates, and providers

SPEAKERS:

Amy Wiwuga, Health Consumer Advocate, Health Access California

Fern Eisler, Covered California consumer and constituent of Rep. Rohrabacher

Dr. Bill Honigman, Orange County emergency room doctor

Heather Altman, Southern California small business owner and Covered California consumer

VISUALS: Posters highlighting key facts, rally-goers with signs

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