Supporters Fight For Affordable Care Act

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has spent the past six weeks traveling across the commonwealth to educate the public on the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday night State Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy made a stop in Scranton.

Dr. Murphy told the large crowd in Lackawanna County that repealing the ACA would be detrimental to Pennsylvania.

She said more than one-million Pennsylvanians currently receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion, and as a result, the commonwealth has its lowest uninsured rate in history.

“I think it’s very important for people to know that they can contact their federal legislators and share their concerns, urge them to proceed with caution when voting on any repeal of the ACA,” said Dr. Murphy.

She said if the ACA were to be repealed, Pennsylvania could lose 137,000 jobs in 2019.

State and local health agencies could lose nearly $112-million from the Public Health Prevention Fund over five years.

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