March 08, 2017
Republican lawmakers rolled out a health care plan this week to replace the current law that was put in place under President Barack Obama.
Dubbed the "American Health Care Act," the 123-page bill was crafted by the GOP as a viable alternative to the recently-overhauled health care system. The legislation would replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that was signed into law in 2010.
While supporters praise Obama's signature health care law for allowing more than 20 million people to gain insurance, critics deride the ACA after soaring premiums went into effect in 2017.
The Republican bill would repeal the ACA's mandate that all citizens carry insurance or face a fine. The proposed legislation would also implement income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits.
Opposition to the bill was found on both sides of the political aisle, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who turned to social media to explain how his constituents would be impacted.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Casey filled his Twitter timeline with dozens of tweets outlining, county-by-county, the financial losses – as he has calculated them – faced by Pennsylvania's 50- to 64-year-old residents.
The senator called the statute a "raw deal for the middle class and seniors."
Casey listed all 67 state counties in alphabetical order, starting with Adams County:
and ending with Wyoming County:
Here's how Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs would be affected:
Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan defended the bill, claiming that GOP lawmakers must "do what we said we would do."