The proposed Republican health care bill, if passed, will take away health coverage from 22 million Americans and will devastate Medicaid. In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards’ expansion of Medicaid has allowed increased coverage for those who are in need of affordable health care, but the Republican’s proposed bill would put nearly half a million Louisianians – including many children – at risk of losing their coverage, placing their lives and health in jeopardy.
Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee are releasing a new video which puts a personal touch on the fight to preserve health care. “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid” centers around the story of Krista, a single mother from Louisiana, and the ways in which the Republican health care repeal bill would have destructive effects on Krista and her family’s health. It’s a story that’s powerful because it’s reflected in many others both in Louisiana and across the nation – struggling families and parents trying to do the best they can, who will be adversely affected by a Republican bill that would make health care unaffordable to them.
In a statement, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said, “The Republican repeal bill is unconscionably cruel and hurts families like Krista’s who are working tirelessly to provide for their families. Our elected leaders should be doing everything possible to ensure that more people have access to affordable coverage – not less. Democrats will continue to stand by Krista and others who believe that all people deserve access to affordable healthcare, and we will continue to fight each day until that becomes a reality for every Louisianian.”
You can watch “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid” below: