By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Williamsville, NY – Last week was a very bad week for Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Collins, who received enormous backlash for his attack on fellow Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis, as well as media reports that he was under scrutiny for what has been described as “suspicious’ stock trades.
On top of that, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Representatives joined with a host of community, business and religious leaders outside his Suburban Buffalo Congressional Office to call for the GOP’s campaign to stop its repeal of Obamacare, pointing to the chaos that would be created for millions of Americans if they suddenly lost their health care coverage.
Prior to Friday’s inauguration, all stood united outside Collins’ darkened offices in Williamsville to sound the alarm about what’s at stake as President Trump and Congress moves to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including vital Medicaid benefits and services. If the ACA is repealed, those who spoke at the news conference said tens of millions of children, seniors and working adults – including 217,825 residents right here in New York’s 27th Congressional District that Collins represents, will be at risk for losing their coverage.
Instead, those Labor, community, business, and religious leaders called on Congress to “fix what is broken” in the current system and “leave in place” provisions that have proven to help millions of Americans across Western New York, New York State and the Nation.
“Do not repeal ‘without a plan’ because it will ‘impact’ thirty million people, including eight-two-percent who are Working Families,” said 1199 SEIU’s Community and Political Organizer Maurice Brown (pictured below wearing a purple 1199 SEIU hat at the news conference), who added a repeal of the ACA would create an “epic health care crisis” by removing provisions that have “proven to help” millions of Americans. “We ‘need to work together to fix what is broken – not shut it down.’”