Why are we trusting our beautiful district to someone who supports slashing environmental protections and big business polluters?
We’ve known for a while that Republicans in Congress will do anything to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It has been such a thorn in their sides, they will do anything it takes, even if it means denying sick people the access to affordable health insurance they need. The House has already wrapped up their end of the deal by passing the American Health Care Act. The AHCA, which was railroaded through without discussion and without a CBO score, has been thoroughly panned by analysts on the left and the right as well as by medical professionals and insurers.
The AHCA is projected to kick 24 million Americans off their health insurance via several means: unaffordable premiums, slashed subsidies, elimination of essential health benefits, the return of preexisting conditions via elimination of coverage for certain illnesses, cuts to Medicaid. You can also be certain that some of the people dropping off the insurance rolls will have done so because they died from lack of care. If you buy insurance through your employer, don’t assume you’re safe. The AHCA could affect over 100 million employer provided insurance plans. You name it, House Republicans put it in there. Obviously, it is vitally important that your subsidy be used to facilitate tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country while ignoring the needs of regular, working class people.
Our 6th District is projected to have 99,000 people lose their coverage (see chart above). To give some perspective, that is slightly more than the number of people living in Asheboro, Pittsboro, Sanford, Roxboro, Yanceyville, Reidsville and Mebane combined. Statewide it is projected that 1.3 million+ North Carolinians will lose their coverage. That is just shy of the population of any two of our congressional districts combined. Imagine just completely excising two whole districts from the map.
Pretty shocking isn’t it?
After a sit-down with the President, Rep. Mark Walker, enthusiastically voted along the party line, as usual, to pass the AHCA. This must be the compassionate conservatism we’re always hearing about.
If you’d like to talk to Rep. Walker’s staff about qualms you have over this bill, as well as the qualms I’m sure you’ll have after the Senate foists their version on us, his contact information as well as that of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis is as follows:
“[Trump] is a guy that has people around him and working for him. He’s transitioning from, you know, ‘These people work for me,’ to, ‘Uphold the Constitution and work for the American people,’” Walker said. “I’m trying not to give him an overwhelming pass, but this is still new for him.”
This, from the people who complained for eight years that President Obama was inexperienced. Funny how they give the President a pass when he probably won’t veto the bonehead legislation they put forward.
I was disappointed but not surprised at Rep. Mark Walker’s town hall on May 30.
I had hoped for a little contrition for his vote on the American Health Care Act, now that the CBO score is out. Instead, Rep. Walker lectured us on deficits and mandates and all those things he must think are important to constituents selecting an insurance plan.
When you’re uninsured and waiting in the ER for emergency brain surgery like I was four years ago, you don’t care one whit about cutting the budget deficit or whether the guy next door is mad about a mandate. You care about whether you have insurance and how you’re going to pay for a surgery that costs the same as a starter home.
Later that year, I enrolled in a health insurance plan through the ACA. In previous years, I had been turned down by insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition. My subsequent surgeries are covered by my insurance plan and I no longer worry about bankrupting my family with medical bills — that is, until the House passed the AHCA.
Had Rep. Walker spent his time in Washington wisely, he could have put partisanship aside and worked to make the ACA work better for people in his district who need insurance. Instead, he chose to toe his party’s line and help facilitate the obstruction that kept any fine-tuning on the ACA from happening.
He did exactly nothing to make the law better for his constituents and now has the gall to complain about its shortcomings.
Congressman, we have seen where your heart lives. What you consider most important is what we see you strive to protect: The money. You cannot serve God and mammon, Rep. Walker, but as a Republican politician, it’s a given that you’ll try.
Welcome to the official website for the North Carolina 6th Congressional District Democrats.
We are getting our ducks in a row! Check back soon.