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Inslee says thousands of patients would lose treatment in state if Obamacare is repealed

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Thousands of patients in our state could lose treatment for cancer, cardiac arrest and diabetes if the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.

He cited a new report released by the People’s Action Institute, “A Cost too High: The Financial Harm of the Republican Plan to Eliminate Health Care,” that claims repealing Obamacare could cost the state more than $2 billion.

The nonprofit People’s Action Institute, founded last year, said it is a partner of Health Care for America Now and Health Care for America Now Education Fund. It says its mission is “fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.”

Inslee says if Obamacare is repealed, thousands of people who need health care in our state would be without it.

“Health care is a right, health care is a reality, health care is improving in the state of Washington; 750,000 Washingtonians are involved in this battle and we’re not going to go down without a fight because Washington state people deserve health care,” Inslee said.

At Monday’s news conference, a 23-year old cancer patient spoke about her fears about what will happen if she loses coverage.

"By repealing the Affordable Care Act ...," said cancer patient Courtney Anderson,they are giving me and people like me a death sentence. I cannot wait for a (health care) replacement."

The study claims repealing Affordable Care Act would:

-- Eliminate health care for 775,000, Washington residents and 32 million nationwide.

-- Result in more than 40,000 jobs lost.

-- Cost each recipient an average of $3,000 in 2019.

The big takeaway from Inslee’s press conference was to tell members of Congress that if they’re going to repeal Obamacare, there must be another alternative offered first.