The public wants health care. And Ohioans are eager to help them keep it.
On Wednesday, nearly 10,000 people from across Ohio took part in a tele-town hall, hosted by ProgressOhio, that included some of the state’s premier experts on the fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Many callers wanted to know what they can do to help and our experts urged them to:
- Call Sen. Rob. Portman’s office and ask him to keep his campaign promise to NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act without a proper replacement in place (numbers listed below);
- Sign our petition to Sen. Portman at progressohio.org/ACA;
- Write a letter to your local newspaper and explain why the ACA must be improved, not abandoned. If you or a loved one benefitted from it, use the letter to explain how and why;
- Share your personal health care story by emailing us at email@example.com, or submitting at progressohio.org/ACA and we will work with you to see if your story can help others;
- If you are a member of a professional association, neighborhood group, church or even a book club organize your group to join the fight.
Joining us on the call were Steve Wagner, Executive Director of UHCAN Ohio, who explained the ACA’s benefits to Ohio and the timeline for possible repeal; Dr. Beth Liston, a Columbus pediatrician who told how expanded health care has helped Ohio families; Katherine Chipps, a small business owner who credits the ACA with helping her grow her business; and SEIU Public Affairs Director Anthony Caldwell, who issued a call to action.
Repealing the ACA is a top priority of congressional leaders, so the time to act is now.
The Senate introduced a shell budget bill on Tuesday that kicked off the repeal process in both chambers of Congress. Senate debate began yesterday.
We have seen no Republican replacement plan.
Without a replacement, millions will be without coverage. This will exacerbate the costs of health care because an absence of preventive care leads to more serious illnesses and that leads to expensive emergency room visits.
Regardless of what the critics are saying, the ACA is working.
The uninsured rate in Ohio has fallen by 47 percent. More people are getting jobs, and keeping them, because they have healthcare. Ohio is healthier and so is the Ohio economy. Healthcare is one of Ohio’s most important economic drivers. Let’s keep it that way.