PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A panel of 13 women leaders from the Philadelphia area gave a devastating review of the American Health Care Act. That’s the House bill touted as a replacement for Obamacare. The bill is under review by the Senate.
The Senate panel reviewing the AHCA is all male, so Planned Parenthood executive director Dayle Steinberg convened the 13 women. At the start of the discussion on Thursday, she brandished a picture of 13 dogs sitting at a table.READ MORE: Some Philadelphia Residents Facing Fines For Piled Up Curbside Trash As Pickups Delayed
“So here’s the panel that discussed feline healthcare,” Steinberg said, “which was certainly equivalent.”
Women are particularly impacted by the AHCA. It would allow the elimination of maternity care, and restore penalties for pre-existing conditions, which could include domestic violence and C-section deliveries. And, Montgomery County Commission chair, and physician, Dr. Val Arkoosh, says the Medicaid cuts it lays out could be devastating.READ MORE: Sixers Force Game 7 With Gritty Road Win Over Hawks
“There are more women and children and seniors on that program than any other population,” Arkoosh said.
The one man invited to speak — Mayor Jim Kenney– issued a call……MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Dirt Bike-Riding Suspect In West Philadelphia Deadly Shooting
“Continue to resist,” the mayor said.