Anxious about the future of health care for millions, the mass rally in downtown Los Angeles today was part of an urgent, nationwide effort to pressure lawmakers to save the Affordable Care Act from repeal.
The AHCA still requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.
The Congressional Budget Office predicted that if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passes in its current form then 24 million Americans will lose coverage over the span of a decade, including many low-income and older people.
With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare", President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. We must not be stuck between competing for profit health insurance schemes.
Jones says he believes there is enough opposition to stop the bill.
"As you know, this was a compromise bill". Some members of Congress wish to make major changes to our core health system - including repealing the Affordable Care Act and making damaging changes to Medicaid, FAMIS and Medicare.
Many, many people need insurance through the Affordable Care Act to pay for medications, procedures and tests that keep them alive every day. According to Kantar Media, the drug industry spent $5.4 billion in advertising in 2015, while year after year drug costs far outpace inflation.
While the AHCA would reduce federal spending on health care, the distribution of the reduction in spending is unequal. "He's well liked in our district, but this plan is not well liked in Ohio", Davidson said during a Wednesday CNN appearance explaining why he'd be voting against the legislation.
Joe White, the Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy at Case Western, told Cleveland 19 that if those thousands of people who become uninsured still go to hospitals for health care without insurance it could be bad for hospitals.
"Look me in the eye and explain to me what's so important on your side that I should die for it", Stern said. Much of this decrease will be the result of the decreased funding for Medicaid, which is expected to lose $880 billion in funding over the next 10 years. "I will continue to work with local leaders, patients, healthcare providers, our governors, and all others wanting to be constructive as we move forward in this process".
"I am going to take care of everybody".
He said the Affordable Care Act was in a "death spiral".