Affordable Care Act: Amend Not End

With the Republicans on Capitol Hill united on getting rid of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law without a replacement, Congressmen Gene Green and Al Green have joined the fight to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The “Green team,” along with Senator Sylvia Garcia and Senator Rodney Ellis recently met with Northside residents at the Greater Jerusalem Community Recreation Center to voice their concerns for the future. Healthcare professionals were also on site to provide residents blood glucose, blood pressure, and flu vaccines

The gathering was scheduled to coincide with “Our First Stand: Save Health Care,” a nationwide day of action called for in response to the repeal. It was organized by Democratic senators Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer.

Congressmen Gene Green said he strongly supports reform and thinks there is room to improve the law. But, a full repeal may well be a short sighted and drastic answer to solving the very real health care problems we face in the U.S. and in Texas.

“If this repeal goes through, without the ACA, it will not only leave people with pre-existing conditions back on the streets with no coverage, but it’ll effect the healthcare industry where many would lose their jobs,” he said.

Senator Ellis added the impact on not having ACA in Harris county is detrimental.

“Healthcare is so important because the largest area of spending for Harris County government is healthcare. It is what we spend for the hospital district,” he said. “Another large area of spending is the justice system. Whether it’s civil or criminal, the biggest driver in those two areas is healthcare. That’s why ACA has made such a tremendous difference in Texas and in Harris County and we need it.”

Though Republicans are working to repeal ACA, Congressmen Gene Green said they [Democrats] are standing, ready and willing, to fight it to the end.

“We are willing to work with our Republican friends to make ACA better. We want to amend and not end,” Congressmen Al Green said. “It’s time for us to stand together and band together and make sure that healthcare if for everyone in this country.”

In the meantime, there is still time to apply for healthcare here at HealthCare.gov. The deadline is Jan. 30th.