Statement from the Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles on House of Representatives Passing AHCA
LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2017) - On May 4, 2017, The US House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by 217 to 213 votes. The Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles (KAC) opposes this legislation, because in its current form, the bill represents a denial of the real and pressing needs of the most vulnerable in our society. “This is a very disappointing outcome. It’s a reversal of the progress our country has made towards the universal right to affordable healthcare for all people,” said Joon Bang, Executive Director of KAC.
Should the bill pass as is through the Senate, fewer children and low-income, disabled, aging, and sick people will be able to afford and maintain health coverage. The bill will end Medicaid expansion, which currently provides insurance to an estimated 10 million low-income Americans, and will also compromise safeguards for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Korean American community will be one of the hardest hit in Los Angeles County with 1 in 3 Korean Americans lacking health insurance, which makes the Korean-American community the highest uninsured among all ethnic groups in Los Angeles. According to AARP’s 2016 community report, Korean Americans 50 to 64 years of age are far more likely than any other racial group to lack health insurance in LA County. However, cause for concern over AHCA transcends race and political partisanship. In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million people across the nation will be negatively impacted by AHCA.
With the bill now moving to the Senate, we urge those who share our concerns to contact your Senators and urge them to reject this legislation. You can locate the contact information for your Senator at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm and use the template email available at www.kacla.org to share your opposition to this bill.
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Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles (KAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1983 to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community. KAC endeavors to achieve these goals through education, community organization, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.