Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare is a human right and not an entitlement. The GOP wants Americans to believe that basic healthcare is a privilege we all should have access to, but not be guaranteed. Each of the current major systems of healthcare – Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare and even the Veteran Administration (VA) care program are in jeopardy of stripping or limiting millions from obtaining reasonable, timely, and affordable mental and health care.

Our current majority on the hill has forgotten that “We the People” are not all in support of the active “Repeal” or “Repeal and Replace” agendas. These measures will harm millions of Americans regardless of political party, community or socio-economic level. Our leadership should consider looking from the bottom up and the top down to find what works in the middle. Providing tax breaks for the rich, stripping of the poor and burdening the middle class is not what Americans voted on. Yes, we all agree that parts of the Affordable Care Act need repairs but pulling federal funds in the current climate of extreme cuts against the elderly, children, the working poor and the poor is not the solution.

It is imperative that our representatives serving us on the hill work in a bi‐partisan manner to develop a  program that works across all political platforms.  Yes, portions of the Affordable Care Act are in need of  repair but the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) excludes the very people that the ACA sought to  assist.  If the new plan, the AHCA, was passed today rates for those with employer sponsored plans would in  fact be subjected to higher rates to absorb the higher costs as a result of insurance companies losing  members associated with ACA. According to Bloomberg.com ‐ To date major healthcare groups such as the  American Hospital Association, which represents over 5,000 U.S. Hospitals; the Federation of American  Hospitals; and AARP have come out against the new AHCA as well.

It is important to realize that although the those losing coverage is less than 10%, it makes no sense to give  the top 1% who can afford healthcare at any cost while those losing coverage will not be able to afford the  accessible healthcare coverage at any cost. Not only that, this plan aims to severely limit programs for  women across the board. For example, Planned Parenthood provides health and mental care and funding  for persons in low income communities where there are no designated “health centers”.

Currently, ACA numbers are as follows:

As of February 19, 2017, according to ACASignups.net (http://acasignups.net/) Nationwide, 7.5% of our over 312M citizens are at risk of losing coverage.  Total of Exchange Enrollees – 12,235,500  High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 8,234,891  Medicaid Expansion – 14,977,083  BHP Enrollment /Other – 752,009  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage – 23,963,983     LAVANGELENE “VANGIE” WILLIAMS WWW.VANGIEFORCONGRESS.US Phone: (540) 369-2900 INFO@VANGIEFORCONGRESS.US Contributions being collected at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/vangieforcongress2018 In the State of Virginia, 3% of our over 8M citizens are at risk of losing coverage.   Total of Exchange Enrollees – 410,726  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage / High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 275,178     In the First District, 3% of our 771K citizens are at risk of losing coverage.   Total of Exchange Enrollees – 35,031  Total Project Enrollees Losing Coverage / High‐Subsidy Exchange Enrollees – 23,470

Here is the overall breakdown by County in Virginia  Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Accomack County 1,197 0 1,197

Albemarle County 3,131 0 3,131

Alleghany County 781 0 781

Amelia County 510 0 510

Amherst County 973 0 973

Appomattox County 557 0 557

Arlington County 5,722 0 5,722

Augusta County 2,630 0 2,630

Bath County 197 0 197

Bedford County 2,721 0 2,721

Bland County 132 0 132

Botetourt County 1,044 0 1,044

Brunswick County 517 0 517

Buchanan County 483 0 483

Buckingham County 498 0 498

Campbell County 1,766 0 1,766

Caroline County 861 0 861

Carroll County 1,081 0 1,081

Charles City County 252 0 252

Charlotte County 428 0 428

Chesterfield County 10,891 0 10,891

Clarke County 494 0 494

Craig County 146 0 146

Culpeper County 1,660 0 1,660

Cumberland County 334 0 334

Dickenson County 349 0 349

Dinwiddie County 686 0 686

Essex County 393 0 393

Fairfax County 45,849 0 45,849

Fauquier County 2,092 0 2,092

Floyd County 866 0 866

Fluvanna County 810 0 810

Franklin County 2,071 0 2,071

Frederick County 2,398 0 2,398

Giles County 479 0 479

Gloucester County 1,215 0 1,215

Goochland County 803 0 803

Grayson County 625 0 625

Greene County 628 0 628

Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Greensville County 353 0 353

Halifax County 1,248 0 1,248

Hanover County 3,369 0 3,369

Henrico County 12,140 0 12,140

Henry County 2,383 0 2,383

Highland County 148 0 148

Isle of Wight County 984 0 984

James City County 1,843 0 1,843

King and Queen County 262 0 262

King George County502 0 502

King William County 489 0 489

Lancaster County 499 0 499

Lee County 479 0 479

Loudoun County 11,276 0 11,276

Louisa County 1,158 0 1,158

Lunenburg County 393 0 393

Madison County 486 0 486

Mathews County 367 0 367

Mecklenburg County 1,157 0 1,157

Middlesex County 490 0 490

Montgomery County2,367 0 2,367

Nelson County 720 0 720

New Kent County 595 0 595

Northampton County 596 0 596

Northumberland County 484 0 484

Nottoway County 420 0 420

Orange County 1,151 0 1,151

Page County 847 0 847

Patrick County 655 0 655

Pittsylvania County 2,691 0 2,691

Powhatan County 933 0 933

Prince Edward County 615 0 615

Prince George County 617 0 617

Prince William County 18,529 0 18,529

Virginia County High-Subsidy Exchange Enrollees Medicaid Expansion Total Projected to Lose Coverage

Pulaski County 785 0 785

Rappahannock County 390 0 390

Richmond County 284 0 284

Roanoke County 3,308 0 3,308

Rockbridge County 1,081 0 1,081

Rockingham County 2,676 0 2,676

Russell County 675 0 675

Scott County 479 0 479

Shenandoah County 1,380 0 1,380

Smyth County 857 0 857

Southampton County 469 0 469

Spotsylvania County 3,731 0 3,731

Stafford County 3,280 0 3,280

Surry County 267 0 267

Sussex County 302 0 302

Tazewell County 1,024 0 1,024

Warren County 1,135 0 1,135

Washington County 1,802 0 1,802

Westmoreland County 529 0 529

Wise County 860 0 860

Wythe County 705 0 705

York County 1,654 0 1,654

Alexandria city 5,559 0 5,559

Bedford city 89 0 89

Bristol city 481 0 481

Buena Vista city 122 0 122

Charlottesville city 2,046 0 2,046

Chesapeake city 5,959 0 5,959

Colonial Heights city 627 0 627

Virginia County High‐Subsidy  Exchange  Enrollees  Medicaid Expansion Total  Projected  to Lose  Coverage

Covington city 144 0 144

Danville city 1,222 0 1,222

Emporia city 62 0 62

Fairfax city 1,018 0 1,018

Falls Church city 733 0 733

Franklin city 223 0 223

Fredericksburg city 740 0 740

Galax city 148 0 148

Hampton city 3,717 0 3,717

Harrisonburg city 1,199 0 1,199

Hopewell city 555 0 555

Lexington city 116 0 116

Lynchburg city 2,252 0 2,252

Manassas city 1,480 0 1,480

Manassas Park city 698 0 698

Martinsville city 605 0 605

Newport News city 4,980 0 4,980

Norfolk city 5,284 0 5,284

Norton city 53 0 53

Petersburg city 924 0 924

Poquoson city 305 0 305

Portsmouth city 2,529 0 2,529

Radford city 346 0 346

Richmond city 9,808 0 9,808

Roanoke city 2,943 0 2,943

Salem city 724 0 724

Staunton city 689 0 689

Suffolk city 2,111 0 2,111

Virginia Beach city 15,663 0 15,663

Waynesboro city 604 0 604

Williamsburg city 355 0 355

Winchester city 876 0 876

Total 275,178 0 275,178