Houston, TX. Friday, February 17, 2017 — At the Julia C. Hester House, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District joined with Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and health professionals at a community forum on saving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that has expanded the access to affordable health care to millions of Americans.
Congresswoman Lee said, “Quality affordable health care ought to be a right and not a privilege and that’s why we can’t afford to turn the clock back now; the Affordable Care Act is not about statistics, it’s about the people you know and love.”
Health Professionals included, Dr. Natalie Dailey infectious disease specialist; graduate Harvard Medical School, George Masi, President and CEO of Harris Health, Steve Schnee, Executive Director of the Harris Center for Mental Health, Dr. Janice Beal, Ann Thielke, CEO, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center-Fourth Ward Clinic, Dr. Ann Barnes, Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Community Health Montrose Clinic, Steve Williams, Director, Houston Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Dona K. Murphey, Formerly Associated with Baylor College of Medicine.
As a result of the ACA:
• 100 million Americans no longer have a life-time limit on healthcare coverage.
• 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
• 6.6 million young adults up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans.
• 6.3 million Seniors in the “donut hole” have saved $6.1 billion on their prescription drugs.
• 3.2 million Seniors have access to free annual wellness visits under Medicare, and
• 360,000 Small Businesses are using the Health Care Tax Credit to help them provide health insurance to their workers.
The risks of repeal and dismantle, the plan Republicans have for the ACA are profound. In Texas alone, 1,874,000 individuals who have gained coverage since the ACA was implemented could lose it if the law is entirely or partially repealed.