Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for Healthy Future said there are good provisions in the bill, but there are other things the bill didn’t address. “HB 769 nibbles around…
Today the American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives rather than receiving a vote. Today’s outcome is a victory for health care consumers in every corner of this state. The American Health Care Act would have caused more than half a million Georgians to lose their coverage entirely while doing nothing to improve affordability or quality of care. In fact, it would have led to higher deductibles while stripping consumers of critical protections. It would have forced unconscionable cuts in health care services for vulnerable children, people with disabilities, and seniors who rely on Medicaid for their most basic health needs. Instead, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.
Your voice mattered today. We know how hard you all have worked over the last several weeks to achieve this victory. Your calls, emails, social media activity, and rallies made this possible, and Georgians are better off for it today. Thank you for your dedication and your advocacy!
Our work is not over
While we celebrate today, we know our work is not over. Now it’s time to build on the framework of the Affordable Care Act at the state level to make sure all Georgians can get the coverage and care they need. This means taking a fresh look at expanding Medicaid as well as using every tool in the toolbox to improve our state’s health insurance market so it works as well as it possibly can for all consumers. We look forward to working towards these goals with you to create a healthier future for all Georgians.