Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), in Cambridge, MA, hosted U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) at CHA Cambridge Hospital on June 16 for a media event focused on the implications of the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Lynn Nicholas, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), Brian Rosman, director of Policy and Government Relations at Health Care for All, and State Reps. Denise Provost (D-27-Middlesex) and David Rogers (D-24-Middlesex) also were in attendance.

“The legislative changes now being considered in Congress would dismantle the most important elements of the ACA that are, in fact, working as intended and working well,” said Nicholas. “Our state’s hospitals urge the U.S. Senate to remember what is at stake and to vote against any legislation that would undermine the ability of hospitals to continue our life-saving and compassionate work.”

“Massachusetts is not ready to turn back the clocks on near universal coverage in our state through the ACA to a time when greater than 10 percent of our residents are uninsured,” said CHA CEO Patrick Wardell. “With compassion for our patients as a guide, we call upon the U.S. Senate to protect patients first and reject harmful proposals that deeply cut Medicaid and unravel coverage affecting everyone, including those most in need.”

“Now is the time to act,” said Rosman. “We are calling on everyone in Massachusetts to reach out to friends, family and colleagues in other states to encourage them to call their senators. They need to ask them to vote against this effort to dismantle Medicaid and take away health insurance from millions of Americans.”

“Senate Republicans are putting final touches on legislation that will rob millions of Americans of health coverage,” said Sen. Markey. “We must demand transparency.”

On hand for the event were Sen. Markey, State Reps. Denise Provost and Dave Rogers, Lynn
Nicholas, Patrick Wardell, Brian Rosman, and MassHealth recipients Richard Odom, Don
Summerfield and Dianna Hu.

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