In House Majority Leader’s Home District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has supported the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite health coverage it has brought to many of his constituents.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has supported the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite health coverage it has brought to many of his constituents.

Andrew Harnik/AP

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn’t sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy’s rural California district.

“It’s like they dangled the carrot and now they’re taking it away,” said Barton, 38, of Bakersfield, an unpaid photographer and stay-at-home mother of two.

Barton and her husband, a contract computer technician, had been uninsured for most of their adult lives. When Obamacare expanded Medicaid, they were finally able to qualify for the low-income health program. This year, California’s version of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, paid for surgery to remedy Barton’s long-standing carpal tunnel syndrome.

When McCarthy returns later this month to his congressional district, a mostly

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/04/504172801/in-house-majority-leaders-home-district-many-depend-on-health-law-he-wants-to-sc?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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