Mayors across America, including Dayton’s Nan Whaley, took part in a national effort to make the case for not repealing the Affordable Care Act without a responsible replacement in place.
“Repealing the ACA would deny desperately needed access to care to individuals and families,’’ Whaley told a Dayton news conference.
She was joined by local health care providers and by Kelley Deal, a local musician who credits the ACA with helping her continue to be a professional guitarist.
“I have a pre-existing condition that prevented me from getting health insurance,’’ Deal said. “Today, I can continue to be an artist have health care.’’
Earlier this month, the US Conference of Mayors issued a letter that listed ACA provisions that have strong bipartisan support and should be included in any replacement. They are:
- Insuring children up to the age of 26 can remain on parents’ plans;
- Eliminating lifetime and annual limits;
- Assuring eligibility for insurance coverage even with pre-existing conditions;
- Guaranteeing coverage for pregnancy and breast cancer screenings; and,
- Providing coverage for preventive services at no additional cost
Other Ohio mayors who signed the letter include Andrew Ginther, Columbus; Lydia Mihalik, Findlay; and David Berger, Lima. Cincinnati City Council with Mayor John Cranley’s support passed a resolution in support of the ACA in January.
Despite bipartisan support for many ACA provisions, most Republicans are refusing to say what a replacement would look like.
As more Ohioans demand to know what the ACA replacement will look like, Congressional Republicans continue to resist town hall meetings with their voters, knowing that angry confrontations have popped up in other states
In Iowa, for example, for example, a local farmer confronted U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, and warned him that an ACA repeal would lead to “one great big death panel.’’
For details on tonight’s town hall in Congressman Pat Tiberi’s district where he will be a no-show visit the ProgressOhio Action Calendar here.
For tonight’s town hall featuring the missing Congressman, Steve Stivers, visit our calendar here.