NALC statement on Trump’s Obamacare repeal fiasco

President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on Friday. The GOP leadership’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—was expected to lose handily in the House. Polls showed that only 17 percent of Americans supported it, and a massive wave of constituent opposition convinced the Republicans to suspend, at least for now, efforts to repeal the landmark 2010 health care reform law.

The controversial AHCA, introduced just three weeks ago without any public hearings or bipartisan support, would have eliminated insurance coverage for 24 million Americans and deregulated the private insurance market. It would have also raised deductibles and increased insurance premiums dramatically—including those paid by letter carriers—by shifting the cost of health care for the uninsured to those with insurance.

NALC President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement:

“This is good news for millions of working families. Thanks to all the NALC activists who answered the call to weigh in with their members of Congress to oppose this destructive bill. Let us hope that, after seven long years of partisan warfare over our health care system, the two parties can finally start working together to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act without throwing away the progress we’ve made since 2010.”

  • Route 666

    Don’t you love how the unions extol the virtues of the disastrous Obamacare, even though none of their members are unlucky enough to have to use it. The Republicans were smart to back out before their vote, because their bill was not good enough…yet.

  • Swingman

    How about putting your time and energy into getting our contract settled, all the fellow carriers I have talked to think almost a year of talking is enough, as a matter of fact what else is there to talk about, its been almost a year. By the time this contract is done it will be time to start negotiating the next one unless this contract will be for six years.

  • Nevman

    Sure Fred. Tell us how great your plan is to shove us retirees on to Medicare whether we want it or not. Your little scheme will cost my wife and I an extra $268 per month that we didn’t have a chance to plan for. Both of us have given over 30 years to the PO. And now my Union, which we have supported with dues all of these years is stabbing us in the back. Not only do we not have a contract 11 months after this past one expired but you don’t even post any updates. How about getting back to representing the carriers that have paid for everything you have instead of stroking your ego.

  • common sense

    Just curious- if Obamacare is so “disastrous”, why doesn’t the GOP just repeal it, period? They’ve already voted to do that, when Obama was President, and they knew he’d veto it. Now that they have so called “president” Trump, they’re afraid to do it? What happened??

  • Paycutter

    Rolando and , “The Fat One,” did the opening ceremony 01/20/2016, so it’s been well over a year of negotiations… Just Sayin’…