When President Trump was Candidate Trump, one of the major issues for his platform that helped build a strong base of support was his professed desire to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Republican’s proposal was met with great resistance from all sides of the political spectrum and it has raised concerns among citizens across the country whether a plan that reduces access to health care and that could even impact in home health care for elderly and disabled clients is the best option.
GOP leaders and other representatives have been appearing in town hall style meetings with constituents recently and have been met with a number of frustrated citizens. Rep. Greg Walden, from Oregon, was one of those legislators who saw firsthand just what impact the latest proposed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is causing.
According to Paige Winfield Cunningham’s article, Republican House leader avoids selling GOP health-care plan at home, published by The Washington Post:
“That was certainly the case at home this week in his sprawling eastern Oregon 2nd District, which he won with a comfortable 72 percent of the vote in November. Walden held events in Hood River and Wasco counties, the least conservative areas that he represents — winning in Hood by just five votes in the last election. When he asked participants at the community college whether they voted for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the presidential election, the vast majority raised their hands.”
It is fair to state that citizens in a region that may be more frustrated by Trump’s election and may be more vocal about proposed legislation, but the sentiment has appeared to be consistent across the country. When it comes to access to health care services and in home care support, the majority of Americans are concerned about not being able to afford or receive these services when the time comes.
As Congress is about to return from a brief recess, it is unclear what, if any, new proposals will be put forth in the House of Representatives to replace the Affordable Care Act. From these town hall style meetings, it is clear that some Americans are frustrated with what had been proposed and the uncertainty that remains for an industry (in home care) that continues to grow with unprecedented demand and yet that has garnered little serious consideration about how to improve access for millions of people by their representatives.