Friday, March 17, 2017

Meehan on the health care act

The protesters were back at U.S. Rep Pat Meehan's Springfield office yesterday, just as they have been every week since President Donald Trump was sworn in and Republican made clear they intended to make good their vow to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

But things got a little more serious this week then House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Republicans finally rolled out their replacement, the American Health Care Act.

Meehan voted in favor of it in moving it out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Yesterday he talked about it - and where he stands when it comes to health care.

The man who said he was much more in favor of "rescue and repair," as opposed to "repeal and replace," likes some aspects of the new plan, like the way it keeps several key provisions, such as allowing dependents to stay on their parents' plan until age 26, and assuring those with pre-existing conditions are not denied coverage. But he still has his concerns, and wants to stress that this is going to be a long process, and that more changes in the bill are no doubt on the way.

You can read the story - and the reaction of local protesters - here.


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