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Log Cabin Republicans Endorse TrumpCare Despite HRC's Warning It May Hurt HIV Coverage

Wednesday Mar 15, 2017

Gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) was among what House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling a "broad coalition of leading conservative groups" who signed an open letter to congress endorsing the GOP's Obamacare repeal plan. The Human Rights Campaign says the plan could cost many living with HIV to lose their healthcare coverage.

The letter, signed by LCR and nine other groups (none involving medicine or healthcare), including the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform, lauded Ryan's American Health Care Act (AHCA) for prioritizing "liberty, consumer choice, and innovation..."

"Additionally," the letter reads, "the legislation would implement the most significant entitlement reforms in more than 20 years. By converting Medicaid to a per capita allotment and putting the massive program on a budget."

LCR's support of Ryancare is at odds with a call from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to reject the plan.

"We are deeply concerned about the negative impact this proposal would have on communities already facing discrimination and healthcare disparities, including the LGBTQ community. The announced legislation undermines core provisions of the Affordable Care Act and cuts off tens of millions of Americans from life-saving healthcare coverage," HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said in a letter to congressional leaders last week. "This flawed proposal, drafted behind closed door without public input, turns a blind eye to the essential health benefits that millions of Americans have come to rely upon."

Additionally, the HRC notes that as a result of Obamacare, thousands of low-income people living with HIV have been able to obtain health insurance through the Medicaid expansion which ensures that people living with HIV have access to the lifesaving treatments.

HRC further warned that the AHCA's drastic changes to Medicaid will likely strip these people, and other vulnerable populations, of essential healthcare coverage.

This week, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the cost and impact of the AHCA that estimated that 14 million Americans could lose their health care coverage in 2018, and 24 million by 2026.


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