Interview with Families USA's Story Bank Coordinator, Cate Bonacini: For over five years, Cate has been talking to consumers about their health care, helping to build and now manage Families USA’s story bank. That means spending hours on the phone talking to people about accessing and affording their health care and health coverage. In this Q&A, Cate talks about what she's been hearing since the 2016 election.
If Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump are successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act early next year as they have pledged, what happens to Medicaid, which insures one in five Americans and one in three of the nation’s children?
The most obvious impact will be the end of the very successful Medicaid expansion. Repealing the health law means that millions of Americans will lose their health coverage, most of them hard working people in low-wage jobs—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
Our annual Health Action conference is the premier event for health care advocates, enrollment workers, and policy wonks to come together to talk strategy. Our action-packed conference will be at the heart of the critical fight to defend the gains of the Affordable Care Act from being repealed. With the election of Donald Trump and a Republican Congress and Senate, this conference will be our most important yet as we prepare to defend millions of people from losing health coverage.