Members of the California state legislature held a forum in Bakersfield to hear testimony on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They invited community groups, service providers and other organizations with first-hand knowledge of how the ACA has transformed lives in our community and the danger of repealing the law without an adequate replacement.
Carmen Morales, a Surgery Department Family Nurse Practitioner at Kern Medical and SEIU member talked about the impact ACA has had in the work she does every day. “We don’t want our patients avoiding the hospital because they can’t pay their bills. We want to write prescriptions for diabetic shoes, not wheelchairs, so that people can keep on providing for themselves and their families.
Lack of access to quality, affordable insurance kills people. Because of the Affordable Care Act, the people of Kern County are leading healthier, more productive lives.”
The Jan 19. hearing was lead by Dr. Ed Henandez, who co-signed a letter earlier in the week with Sen. Kevin De Leon highlighting the impact an ACA repeal would have on the residents of California. The hearing lasted four hours and dozens of people shared their experiences.
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