Governor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

March 08, 2017

Governor Wolf and members of his administration have actively been speaking out against the House Republican’s proposed Affordable Care Act replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

“The Republicans in Washington revealed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage options for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder,” Governor Wolf said in a statement released on Monday. “This plan does not fix the Affordable Care Act – it would just delay the Republican plan to cut coverage for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, including those who were able to access quality, affordable healthcare after I expanded Medicaid two years ago.”

Today, Governor Wolf sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen to formally ask them to reject the proposed AHCA due to the serious harm the proposal would cause to Pennsylvanian’s who have received coverage under Medicaid expansion, specifically seniors, and the lack of time given to properly vet the bill.

“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”

Take a look at the coverage below

  • Associated Press: Updated: GOP health care bill pounded by Wolf, Pennsylvania hospitals

    “This is a bad plan that would leave thousands of Pennsylvania seniors and families unable to afford access to basic medical care coverage,” [Governor] Wolf said in a statement. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said the proposal would jeopardize gains in coverage and improvements to access to care made under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

  • Daily Item: State officials blast Obamacare replacement

    State officials on Tuesday said a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will hurt poor and working class Pennsylvanians, particularly in rural parts of the state. The impact will be more acute in rural areas of the state, in part because tax credits won’t have distinctions based on the market where the individual lives, said state Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller in a phone call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. That means “rural consumers will be disadvantaged” compared to people who live in cities and suburban areas.

  • TribLive: Obamacare replacement bill faces resistance in Pennsylvania

    [Governor]Wolf and advocates said the proposal, titled the American Health Care Act, would make health insurance unattainable for thousands of Pennsylvanians who are covered through the individual insurance market and the law’s Medicaid expansion. The bill would scale back and restructure state Medicaid programs and distribute federal subsidies based on age instead of income for people who buy individual insurance plans on the federal marketplace at The bill would get rid of fines for people going without insurance and eliminate many of the taxes included in the federal law.

  • Reading Eagle: Pa.’s top health officials: GOP bill helps wealthy, healthy

    “It may offer the illusion of more affordable care,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said during a conference call with reporters. “But I think it’s important to be clear that this proposal shifts more of the burden onto consumers and the state budget.” Miller was one of several officials from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to discuss the plan, which would repeal and replace parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Dr. Karen Murphy, state health secretary, and Deputy Human Services Secretary Leesa Allen, the state’s Medicaid chief, were also on the call.

  • Post-Gazette: House bill to replace ACA draws fire from all sides

    Gov. Tom Wolf in a statement Tuesday said the Republican bill “would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.” The state’s insurance commissioner, Teresa Miller, said the bill “may offer the illusion of more affordable care, but let’s be clear — this proposal shifts more financial burden directly to consumers and onto state budgets.”


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