In case you missed it… As oral arguments began yesterday in Texas v. United States — the lawsuit to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional — Ohio Democrats highlighted the potentially devastating impact if the law is overturned.
The Trump administration is seeking to overturn the health care law, which would result in:
“This has a major health care impact in the state,” Pepper said. “It also would have a major jobs impact, so we’re here basically to point that out amid a lot of other things that are talked about in politics, people most of all still care about their own health care, their family’s health care, and today’s court argument is a big deal when it comes to people’s health care.”
“One of the things that is important to point out is this is not just about families and their health care, it’s about jobs. This is one county, like many where the single greatest source of jobs in Jefferson County are health care.”
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“It would be devastating to Ohio, to Ohioans’ health care, to jobs in Ohio,” Pepper said. “Almost 5 million people in Ohio with pre-existing conditions would no longer be covered. About a half-million Ohioans covered by the Medicaid expansion would lose their coverage and the Ohio Hospital Association thinks one in four hospitals would close because they rely so much on ACA.”
Repealing all of the ACA could leave 1.9 million Ohioans and more than 10 million people nationwide without health insurance because they have pre-existing conditions, and also would impact the nation’s elderly population, Yost had said.
But Pepper pointed out more than health care coverage is at stake: One in seven Ohioans works in the health care industry, he said. Locally, he said the percentage is even higher — 23.3 percent.
“In all the chaos of Washington, the tweets and the British Ambassador’s cables, the truth is the issue that matters most to everyday people is health care,” Pepper said, a reference to reports the British ambassador had used words like inept, insecure and incompetent to describe Trump in diplomatic cables leaked to the press.
Pepper said a Trump win would invalidate the bipartisan agreements in Ohio achieved by the Kasich administration.
“If Trump wins, that tears it all up. It would really end all of that progress,” he said.
An appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments regarding the health care law. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman, David Pepper, along with running candidate for City Council at Large, Albert Zakany spoke at Genesis Hospital about the importance of the Affordable Care Act, why it should stay within the country, and if it is removed, how it would affect our own community.
“That would mean five million Ohioans with preexisting conditions, five million would lose their coverage. It means that about half a million Ohioans who have benefited from the Medicaid expansion which was bipartisan, that coverage would be gone. It puts at risk, 1 in 4 rural Ohio hospitals around the state,” said Pepper.
Pepper’s mission is to inform Ohioans on the law and what they can do. He recommends citizens contact their members of Congress and express their views on the law.
“We’re here simply to make sure people realize this argument is hundreds of miles away, but it has a direct impact on Zanesville, the health of folks in Zanesville, jobs in Zanesville, and all over Ohio,” he said.
The Ohio Democratic Party was in Springfield, Ohio Monday, and traveled to Steubenville Tuesday to discuss the issue as well.
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Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, a Democrat, along with Democrat Vice Mayor Joyce Chilton, Springfield Regional Medical Center Nurse Sue Allen, and Ohio Democrat Party President David Pepper stood in front of the local hospital and touted the Obama-era health care legislation Monday afternoon.
Pepper said more than 740,000 Ohioans with a pre-existing condition could lose their insurance should the ACA be defeated.
Copeland said the ACA has been good for Springfield, and any interruption will hurt the city.
“The reality is that the largest single industry in this community is health care,” Copeland said. “And therefore if health care suffers, the entire community suffers. People lose jobs, the city, county and local schools lose income and we are all worse off. On behalf of the people of Springfield, I really, really hope that the people who are trying to undercut the health care system in America lose in court.”
The four Democrats called for Springfield residents to contact their federal legislator and voice their support for the ACA. Rallies such as the one in Springfield are taking place throughout the week in Steubenville, Columbus and across the state.
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“For the Republican Party to be trying to take the rug out of the Affordable Care Act, which is a lifeline to millions of people, is just so morally wrong. Forget the politics. Put that aside for a second. We have to have insurance that covers all of the American people for their healthcare,” U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said.
Miss Kaptur, who voted for the Affordable Care Act, stressed the hard-fought battle occurring over the past century to try to provide coverage for the American people and condemned a moving backwards on healthcare access.
She said that even today, 75 percent of the bankruptcies in Toledo and occur because people can’t pay their health bills.
“They are bankrupted by their illness,” she said.
State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D., Toledo) also took to the podium on Tuesday to speak in favor of protecting the Affordable Care Act. She said that though Texas, where the original court case took place, “seems like it’s so far away,” the elimination of the Act would be “devastating to us in Ohio.”
Ms. Hicks-Hudson said that it is “a shame” that Lucas County has one of the highest rates in Ohio of maternal mortality among minority mothers and the highest rates of minority infant mortality.
“If we lose this ability for mothers and children to use this Affordable Care Act, we are creating more of a death sentence,” she said, citing that one half of the births in Ohio are covered by Medicaid.