WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?
March 24, 2017
Rep. Stefanik is still undecided about the GOP plan for repeal and replace. To help persuade her to do the right thing, there will be a “wake” outside of her office in Plattsburgh today at 4:00PM. The idea is for people to pay their respects to those who lose their health insurance under the GOP plan.
If it turns out that she rejects the GOP plan, then this will serve as a reminder of our needs here in the North Country.
Please print this condolence card and either bring it to Stefanik’s office at 4:00 PM (23 Durkee Street, Suite C, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: (518) 561-2324) OR drop it off at Main Street Exchange in Saranac Lake before 2:30 (24 Broadway, Saranac Lake).
February 16, 2017
Leaders in Congress are asking for patience as they fulfill their promise to replace the ACA with something better. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee is out in front with this promise. He argues that with care it is possible to create something better by eliminating taxes. This promise, and the fact that the ACA is made possible in large part by tax cuts, begs the question, “Better for whom?”
All of us, according to Senator Alexander and others in Congress including Representative Elise Stefanik. They argue that their plans for replacement will reduce our taxes by significant amounts.
This is true. For the most wealthy Americans. The proposed elimination of two Medicare taxes would not make a difference for most of us, unless we are one of the many who depend upon the ACA for health care.
The North Country is home to few millionaires and to tens of thousands of people who have health insurance because of the ACA. Repeal of the ACA without adequate replacement will hurt the North Country.
Below are a few links discussing the Medicare tax cuts.
Questions for Rep. Stefanik:
What is your position on eliminating the two taxes on incomes over $200,000 which currently make the Affordable Care Act possible? What would you put in their place to ensure there is no disruption in coverage for your constituents?
Washington, DC Office: 318 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. Phone: (202) 225-4611
Glens Falls Office: 136 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Phone: (518) 743-0964
Plattsburgh Office: 23 Durkee Street, Suite C, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: (518) 561-2324
Watertown Office: 88 Public Square, Suite A, Watertown, NY 13601. Phone: (315) 782-3150
Past news that is still relevant
On Jan. 19, the Senate approved a budget resolution instructing committees of the House and Senate to draft Affordable Care Act repeal legislation by January 27th. Both chambers will need to approve the resulting legislation before any repeal goes into effect. Trump signed an Executive Order on Jan. 20 to take steps that will facilitate the repeal and replacement of the ACA. Senators are proposing various alternative plans that will result in restricted access and benefits. These new plans rely on health savings accounts, state choice, and tax credits, or outright repeal.
Please call Representative Elise Stefanik’s office to let her know how you feel about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and that she must preserve North Country residents’ right to affordable, quality health care. Here is a script along with telephone numbers for her offices.
REP. ELISE STEFANIK’S STANCE
Representative Stefanik’s website states that she does not support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without “common sense solutions.” She has not, however, provided any details about what that solution would look like. She has proposed no plan. On the contrary, Rep. Stefanik has supported the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to withdraw Medicare funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization upon which thousands of residents rely for primary care and family planning service.
H.R. 354 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 has been proposed, and Rep. Stefanik’s voting record strongly suggests that she will support this bill.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act threatens access to affordable, quality health care for thousands of North Country residents. Our region is particularly vulnerable because of its low income and aging demographics.
Below are three articles discussing the negative effects of a repeal without a sound replacement.
“North country health at stake in ACA fight,” Watertown Daily Times, Jen Jackson, January 8, 2017.
“Officials voice concern about Obamacare Repeal,” Press Republican, Joe LoTemplio, January 4, 2017.
“North Country healthcare leaders frightened as Obamacare repeal nears,” NCPR, Brian Mann, January 24, 2017.