Fresno groups celebrate failed GOP health bill, but ‘the fight is not over’

BY MACKENZIE MAYS
mmays@fresnobee.com
JULY 18, 2017 3:20 PM

Advocacy groups met outside Fresno’s federal courthouse on Tuesday to celebrate the demise of the GOP health-care plan, but warned the fight is not over.

“We are deeply concerned about the Better Care Reconciliation Act and its provisions that would cut federal funding for Medi-Cal recipients if it were to pass,” said Nu Vang, with the Fresno Center for New Americans. “Over 500,000 San Joaquin Valley residents would lose health coverage, and that would have drastic negative affects on our families, young children and communities of color.”

Tuesday’s gathering, held in Fresno’s scorching heat, was organized by Mi Familia Vota and supported by groups including the Latino Coalition for A Healthy California. Their message was for local representatives like Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, and David Valadao, R-Hanford, to “save health care” for central San Joaquin Valley residents – about half of whom are recipients of Medi-Cal, which would be cut drastically by the GOP plan.

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