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AFGE responds to ACA plan

The president of the largest federal employee union released a statement March 7 in response to the House's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The president of the largest federal employee union released a statement March 7 in response to the House's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"This new plan does not improve the Affordable Care Act,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr., said. “It cuts taxes for the wealthy, and makes healthcare unaffordable—and thus inaccessible — to millions who obtained coverage on the exchanges or through Medicaid expansion,” he added.

Cox said the ACA was modeled on the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and has many of the same problems that federal employees are familiar with, such as costs, lack of coverage and it puts private health insurers in control, but “it's better than nothing.”

He noted that AFGE has long been a supporter of a 'single payer' national health insurance modeled on Medicare.

"So, [House Speaker Paul Ryan (R)], if you want to replace the Affordable Care Act with something better, replace it with Medicare for all. But please, don't just cut taxes for the wealthy and call it health care for all."

Read the full statement at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/largest-federal-employee-union-responds-to-aca-repeal-and-replace-plan-300419796.html.

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