Thursday, March 16, 2017

Upping the ante in the health care war

On our editorial page today, we take a look at the Republicans' new health care bill and the challenge it poses for many moderates in Congress, including Delco U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan.

Meehan has made no secret of his desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

But instead of "repeal and replace," he was mouthing words like "rescue and repair."

The American Health Care Act rolled out by House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't made anyone happy. The conservative right are ridiculing it as "Obamacare Light." The left are pointing to Congressional Budget Office calculations that indicate it would leave 24 million people uninsured over the next decade, while increasing costs for seniors and offering huge tax breaks to the pharma and insurance industries.

That's what Meehan, who already voted in favor of the plan in moving it out of the House Ways and Means Committee, and other Republicans now have to sell to their constituents.

Those constituents have not been shy about voicing their opinions, in particular when it comes to health care legislation. They have been holding weekly picketing sessions and rallies outside his Springfield office.

Today they are planning an all-day affair outside the office at 940 West Sproul Road.

You can read our editorial here.

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