World News – United States – Middletown official with rare disease: End of Affordable Care Act is ‘life or death’ – LevittownNowcom


Prior to the Affordable Care Act about ten years ago, Middletown Township Supervisor Anna Payne lost her health insurance because she reached the coverage limit for care below the insurance of his mother

Meanwhile, Payne, who has opened up about her battle with cystic fibrosis, was forced to ration the life-saving drugs she needed

Payne, a 32-year-old Democratic township supervisor who works in the county government, noted that his monthly drug bill was around $ 50,000 before insurance The drugs she takes helps her survive with cystic fibrosis, a disease that can seriously affect the lungs and digestive system

She fears a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or ACA, will make it impossible to manage the rare disease without treatment

« My life revolved around health insurance coverage It’s life or death for people like me, » she said at an event Tuesday morning discussing the importance of preserve the ACA outside the Bucks County Administrative Building in the Borough of Doylestown

The event took place in the shadow of an upcoming US Supreme Court case that could end important protections allowing people like Payne to purchase health insurance without a bill replacement or repair, the end of the ACA as it stood could cause problems for many Americans who previously could not qualify for insurance or get it at a rate they could afford

« The idea that coverage could be taken away from so many people makes me sick, » Payne said, adding that overturning the law could make her « just a liability on the spreadsheet of an insurance company « 

Gov Tom Wolf’s office said more than 5 million of the 129 million residents with pre-existing health conditions could lose coverage

A study by the Urban Institute a few years ago estimated that nearly 48,000 Bucks Countians could lose their coverage if ACA ended

« I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians, as well as their right to affordable and accessible health care coverage that does not penalize or discriminate against those with conditions pre-existing « , Wolf said

Governor noted that COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of affordable health services

« The Affordable Care Act is currently under threat at the federal level, endangering access to health care for millions of Pennsylvanians, » said State Sen Steve Santarsiero, a Democrat from Lower Makefield. « It will be at we at the state level to protect the Pennsylvanians and ensure they continue with the coverage they have basic and critical coverage of Pennsylvania Senate Democrats have been promoting four key bills that would do just that It’s time to put the health of all Pennsylvanians first and pass this important legislation « 

State Representative Wendy Ulman, a Democrat from Plumstead Township, feared that President Donald Trump’s administration would end « the entire protective structure of the Affordable Care Act »

« The ACA has offered protections to entire populations who previously could not get insurance due to pre-existing conditions COVID-19 has taught us that many people with pre-existing conditions are the ones who are most vulnerable to complications, hospitalizations and fatal outcomes if infected with the virus These are our parents, our grandparents, our friends, our children and ourselves. We must preserve ACA protections for the citizens of Pennsylvania, ”she said

The president has said on several occasions over the past few months and weeks that he will unveil a replacement plan for the ACA, but has yet to release one. He also promised to preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions

Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents all of Bucks County, has previously said he supports retooling parts of the ACA He voted against a Republican plan that ultimately failed in 2017

CNBC reported Democrats have been working to make ACA’s potential end a key impetus for the 2020 election

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