Delmarva Reacts to Battle Over Health Care

Mar 8, 2017

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Some cancer patients and survivors showed up outside the Salisbury office of Representative Andy Harris (R-Md).

Their message: Any changes in the Affordable Care Act must maintain adequate and affordable coverage.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group chanted, ”Keep us covered. Don’t cut our lifeline.”

Of special concern was keeping the provision that would not allow insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of a pre-existing condition.

The American Cancer Society sponsored the protest and it came on the day that House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the GOP leadership’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

That plan got a heated reception with conservative and moderate Republicans blasting away at its provisions as President Trump gave it his blessing.

Governor John Carney

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Governor John Carney says that the House GOP plan to repeal the

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Affordable Care Act would have dire consequences for his constituents.

In a written statement on Tuesday Carney said the plan would reduce access to health care for Delaware families and "cost Delaware taxpayers millions each year."

The new GOP plan would repeal the current law's fines on people who don't carry health insurance, and replace income-based subsidies, which the law provides to help millions of Americans pay premiums, with age-based tax credits.

Carney says the changes "take us in the wrong direction," and that the proposal shifts costs "to those who can least afford it." He said he will work with Delaware's congressional delegation to oppose the changes.

Maryland Initiative

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leading Maryland

House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Md)
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Democrats are scheduled to announce a women's health care initiative.

House Speaker Michael Busch is set to join House and Senate leaders at the announcement Wednesday morning.

It's being described as a major initiative to protect women's health care.