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May 17, 2017
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AS MANGO ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY, DEMOCRATS DEMAND HE STATE HIS POSITION ON GOP HEALTH CARE BILL
PENNSYLVANIA – Today as self-proclaimed health care expert Paul Mango officially announces his gubernatorial bid, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, and Democratic Chairman of the Finance Committee Jake Wheatley held a press conference to call on Mango to state whether he supports the House Republican health care bill that recently passed that would gut Medicaid expansion and increase costs for Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions, forcing many of these people to forgo the treatment they need.
Paul Mango, a self-proclaimed health care expert, has yet to state his position on the bill or whether or not he would fight to protect Medicaid expansion or take the waiver allowing insurers to charge Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions more for their care.
“Paul Mango claims to be a health care expert, but he’s refusing to tell Pennsylvania where he stands on these important issues,” said Representative Frank Dermody. “If Mango knows so much about the health care industry, then why is he hiding his position on the Republican health care plan and efforts to gut Medicaid expansion and strip protections from Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions?”
This bill would place a huge burden on states and force governors to make difficult choices in order to maintain health care for the millions of Americans at risk of losing access to care. Starting in 2019, the governor of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to choose whether to take a state waiver that would allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance coverage.
“This decision could quite literally be life or death for Pennsylvanians who depend on affordable insurance to get the treatments they need,” said Representative Dan Frankel. “Does Paul Mango believe that people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, pregnancy, congestive heart failure, depression, anxiety, or diabetes should be charged more for their care, and be forced to forgo the coverage they need?”
“Not only would this bill put coverage at risk for the more than 5 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions, but this bill would also gut Medicaid expansion, which has provided over 700,000 new Pennsylvanians access to health care, including over 125,000 people battling a substance use disorder amid the heroin and opioid epidemic,” said Representative Jake Wheatley. “The governor of Pennsylvania will need to make serious decisions about health care in Pennsylvania and Paul Mango needs to stop hiding and say what his position is if he wants to be the head of our commonwealth.”
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