Republicans in Congress are now moving to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Right now. And despite more than half a decade of their complaints, they have never bothered to devise anything to replace the system in place now for that same half a decade. Analysis by the Congressional Budget Office which is non-partisan and provides economic information to Congress (so of course Trump ally Newt Gingrich want to kill it) paints a grim picture:
“The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the bill,” the report said. “Later, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and of subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA marketplaces, that number would increase to 27 million, and then to 32 million in 2026.”
Or put a better way, today at NJ Citizen Action’s press conference:
“Repealing the ACA isn’t draining the swamp. It’s busing in alligators and throwing our most vulnerable in with them.”
So, starting tonight outside of the district offices of Republican congressmen, people will be gathering to hold vigil and make their objections known. Congressmen Leonard Lance, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Frank LoBiondo, Tom MacArthur and Chris Smith need to hear from us.