The only acceptable replacement for the ACA is Medicare for all

The DSA’s National Political Committee has issued a statement concerning the Republican’s morally reprehensible proposed “Repeal and Replace” approach to the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). Their statement reads in part:

For democratic socialists, the most reprehensible aspect of the House Reconciliation Budget Bill to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act is that it will gut Medicaid coverage and severely weaken Medicare’s viability as a single-payer system for the elderly and disabled. The bill does so in order to provide a major tax cut for the wealthy, equal to $650 billion over ten years. The bill would lead over 24 million individuals to lose health insurance coverage (according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office or CBO). The bill attacks the single-payer aspects of the U.S. health system (Medicaid and Medicare) in which the government as the sole insurer has the bargaining potential to curtail healthcare costs forced on us by private hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.

At a time when we should fight for Medicare for All, TrumpCare instead takes us backwards.

Read the complete statement here.

To read the Democratic staff report from House Energy, Commerce/Oversight committees about the implications for Iowans living in the First District, download the ACA District-by-District Report (PDF).

Please call Blum’s offices and share your candid thoughts about the Republican’s proposed gutting of the ACA, and insist that the only acceptable replacement is Medicare for all.


Author: Christoffer Lammer-Heindel

Chris is Chair of the Dubuque Democratic Socialists, and a teacher at Loras College.

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