County Democratic Party Concerned About Republican Healthcare Bill; "Lack Of Transparency" By Alexander, Corker

Friday, June 16, 2017

Officials of the Hamilton County Democratic Party said Friday they are concerned about the ramifications of new Republican healthcare bill for Tennesseans and the "lack of availability, accountability, and transparency" from Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

 

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill in two weeks. No public town halls on healthcare have been held in Hamilton County, it was stated.

 

Speakers included Representative Joanne Favors; Khristy Wilkinson, Hamilton County Democratic Chair; and Hamilton County resident Rachel Beardsley Campbell. Each discussed "the direct, positive impact of Obamacare on their lives and the potentially devastating implications of the Republican healthcare plan, or AHCA, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and the decisions that will be made by the Tennessee legislature if the bill passes the Senate."

 

They said up to 637,000 Tennesseans could lose access to health insurance under the plan passed by the House.

 

Rep. Favors, a former registered nurse and healthcare administrator who spent at least 50 years in the healthcare industry prior to serving Tennessee’s 28th legislative district, called the Affordable Care Act an “excellent plan” and expressed concern that a political party would “spend seven years trying to repeal an act that provided so much for so many people.” Rep. Favors highlighted the role that the Republican Tennessee legislature has had in "obstructing healthcare reform" in Tennessee, a state she said has some of the “sickest, poorest people in the nation.”

 

“We really need to come together, not look at this as a partisan issue, but understand that some of the changes that are being recommended, and understand that it’s not transparent. We can’t even respond effectively because we don’t know what is being proposed.” said Rep. Favors.

 

Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair Wilkinson spoke about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act on women, children, and families including enhanced access to maternity care, newborn care, breastfeeding support, routine check-ups and immunizations and increased resources for at-risk mothers and their young children.

 

She said, "The only acceptable replacement for Obamacare is a plan that increases access to affordable healthcare for every American, for every Tennessean, and for every resident of Hamilton County. As Democrats, we accept nothing short of better, more comprehensive, and more accessible health care for Tennessee. If we aren't willing to spend our tax dollars on caring for our neighbors, then why are we we okay with spending them to fill the pockets of giant insurance and pharmaceutical corporations? It just doesn't make sense." 

 

She said the AHCA will allow states to grant waivers to insurers to allow them to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions. States would also be able to grant waivers to exempt insurers from providing the 10 minimum essential benefits, which includes coverage for substance abuse treatment programs. “Repealing protections for patients with pre-existing conditions is one of the most unnerving aspects of the new healthcare plan”, said Ms. Wilkinson. “This has the potential to make it very difficult for working families to access the care they need to live decent lives.”

 

Ms. Campbell, a Hamilton County resident with pre-existing conditions as a result of drinking contaminated water, said she would be directly impacted by the repeal of the ACA.  “I am grateful for Obamacare, it saved my life,” she said. “Our representatives need to know that we expect and we demand that they listen to us. We demand that they understand that the ACA is not a political football. It is, quite literally, people’s lives at stake here. Show us the bill," she said. She also said she is “heartbroken and terrified”  that repealing the ACA will leave her 17-year-old with no healthcare as she leaves for college this fall.

 

The group said Senators Alexander and Corker "have not held any town hall meetings or public forums on the healthcare bill to hear from Tennesseans.  In 2009, Senator Corker held numerous town hall meetings on the Affordable Care Act and said that America had been 'awakened' by them, which he called 'a great thing.' Now that his party has control, he is nowhere to be found. The Hamilton County Democratic Party insists that our Congressional and Senate delegation meet with their Hamilton County constituents, all of them, to discuss the new healthcare plan and its impact on our community."

 

Here is the video footage from Friday's press conference.


Roadside Motels Had Their Heyday Until The Freeway Ruined Things; They Are Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Missing 72-Year-Old Rossville Woman Found Dead Near Her Home After Car Wrecked In Gulley


Roadside motels run by Mom and Pop had their heyday in the early days of motor travel up until the 1950s and 1960s. Then the freeways came along and suddenly their traffic was virtually gone. ... (click for more)

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AUSTIN, DEONTAE CLAYTON 206 ELMWOOD DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County ... (click for more)

The body of a 72-year-old Rossville woman reported missing since last Sunday afternoon was found Wednesday morning by Walker County detectives searching the wooded area near her home. Detectives ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Roadside Motels Had Their Heyday Until The Freeway Ruined Things; They Are Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Roadside motels run by Mom and Pop had their heyday in the early days of motor travel up until the 1950s and 1960s. Then the freeways came along and suddenly their traffic was virtually gone. A long list of the roadside motels that once thrived in and around Chattanooga are featured in the new book Chattanooga in Old Photos, sponsored by Chattanoogan.com. Some of those pictured ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AUSTIN, DEONTAE CLAYTON 206 ELMWOOD DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (DOMESTIC ASSAULT) --- BAKER, JAMES LEVERNE 3115 7TH AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37407 Age at Arrest: 55 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DRIVING ON REVOKED, ... (click for more)

Opinion

County Commissioners, Stop Pandering And Lead

There is no shortage of public need in Hamilton County, and only a limited amount of revenue and capital bond issues. I cannot admire or appreciate an elected Hamilton County Commission that leads by warm and fuzzy kitty emotions over real and tangible needs. As Commissioner Tim Boyd correctly stated, there is immediate and emergent need for police and fire training facilities. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lamar Rants

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)

Sports

Chattanooga's Jordan Leen Hall Of Fame Inductee

Bethlehem, PA – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), college wrestling’s oldest conference, is proud to announce that four new members have been elected for membership into the EIWA Hall of Fame. Members of the Class of 2019 include James Bennett of Yale University, Mark Kerr of Syracuse University, Jordan Leen of Cornell University ... (click for more)

Eight CCS Athletes Sign On National Signing Day

Eight student athletes from Chattanooga Christian School were joined by family, friends and coaches on Wednesday to celebrate signing to play college athletics. John Rhodes signed with play baseball at Kentucky. Four soccer players signed with area colleges. Katie Dirkse signed with Lee University andAddie Henry with Carson-Newman. Lucy Sandhoff and Lillie Cate both signed ... (click for more)