Mayors across the country took to podiums, town hall meetings and social media Wednesday to warn of the negative impact repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement could have at the local level. More than 60 mayors participated in the “day of action” to press Congress to preserve key parts of the law.
Throughout the day, mayors expressed their support for keeping the ACA using the hashtag #MayorsStand4All.
House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump have said repeatedly that they are intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which has extended coverage to 20 million people. The timeline for the repeal is still up in the air, but a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute argues that repealing the ACA could leave U.S. taxpayers with a hefty check, and in 2019 alone, reduce job growth by 1.2 million and federal spending by about $103 billion.
In late January, several U.S. mayors wrote a letter to congressional leadership imploring them to hold off on a repeal.
“The effects of repealing the ACA will be felt most heavily at the local level,” the mayors wrote in the letter. “It is our cities and counties that will see increases in indigent care costs for our hospitals, in uninsured rates and uncompensated care costs; and it is our low and moderate income residents who will return to a time of having to choose between healthcare and everyday living expenses, like groceries.”
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