Local Democrats Call on Hollingsworth to Meet with Patients during visit to Bloomington

Failure of federal health care bill highlights the need to listen to affected Constituents, group says

Bloomington –the Monroe County Democratic Party, joined by health care consumers, today called on Representative Trey Hollingsworth III to listen to local residents served by the Affordable Care Act.  The Congressman will make a rare appearance in Bloomington to speak at a Republican fundraiser.  The group noted that the failure of federal health care legislation highlights the need to listen to health care consumers in an effort to strengthen health care access.

“Representative Hollingsworth has yet to hold a town hall meeting or hear from people who would be adversely impacted by repeal of the Affordable Care Act”, said Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party. “While President Trump roots for the system to ‘collapse’, we need someone in Washington who is looking after patients”.

Representative Hollingsworth was spared a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s health care plan, but has repeatedly advocated a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A recent study by the Center for American Progress estimated that 37,500 residents of Hollingsworth’s constituents would lose health coverage if the law were repealed.

Brandi Gray, a Monroe County resident, credits expanded Medicaid coverage for her supporting her recovery from opioid addiction.  “I'd like Congressman Hollingsworth to know my husband and I are hard-working parents of four and I don't know what we would do if we lost our insurance”. She added “So many people are suffering from opioids. But without services how will they get help and be productive members of society?"

Despite the collapse of health care legislation, the group noted the persistent efforts of Congressional Republicans to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act.

"I remember the days before the ACA. I was terrified about my ability to get health care because of pre-existing conditions", said Patricia Eakle, who had been a lifelong Republican. "We need Representative Hollingsworth to hear our voice, so we can strengthen care, not dismantle it".