Ventura Indivisians had an Incredible Time at ACA Town Hall with Julia Brownley!

Pro ACA demonstrators at Julia Brownley's Heathcare Town Hall
Pro-Affordable Care Act demonstrators outside of Julia Brownley’s Town Hall

Although there were only 150 seats, Congresswoman Brownley’s aides managed to fit everyone into the meeting room to form an audience of over 200 encouraging supporters for the ACA Town Hall last night.

Standing room only inside the Julia Brownley Town Hall

Ms. Brownley reiterated her position that she would only cooperate on legislative issues that included the essential basics of the ACA, including the elimination of life-time caps and discrimination against pre-existing condition and the retention of the Medicaid/Medical expansion. She would also press her colleagues to improve upon them as part of basic human rights.

Julia Brownley speaks at the Healthcare Town Hall at Camarillo Public Library

She stopped short promising bring out a single-payer proposal, a suggestion from an audience member that received a standing ovation, saying that it was unrealistic from the minority position she occupies.

She did encourage supporting “The Healthy California Act” (SB 562 – http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB562) co-authored by Sen.Ricardo Lara (D, Bell Gardens) and Sen. Toni Atkins (D, San Diego).

Outside Julia Brownley's Heathcare Town Hall - pro-ACA signs abound!

Abbi Coursolle, Staff Attorney of the National Health Law Program, National Health Law Program, a group that advocates, educated and litigates on health policy issues, gave a historical review of health care coverage before and after the institution of the ACA and what requirements insurance companies would like to eliminate. (There will be a quick review of ACA’s policies in the next post).

Congresswoman Brownley, Physicians for Progress and Indivisians, John, Adriene and Veronica at the Healthcare Town Hall
Congresswoman Brownley, Physicians for Progress and Indivisians, John, Adriene, and Veronica

Barry Zimmerman, Director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency, gave us an overview of how many people would be affected by a repeal of the ACA in our area and Nancy Gomez of Health Access California, http://www.health-access.org, a statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, talked about the ACA being a work in progress and how legislators should concentrate on improving it, not repealing it.

Ventura Indivisians and Physicians for Progress meet with Julia Brownley

There was general support and cheering for the various speakers, and the audience asked Brownley questions and shared stories of how the ACA had saved lives, either their own or their family members.

YAY ACA outside Julia Brownley's Town Hall

There was only one noticeable protester, who stood up to declare that she supported Trump, that her fellow supporters felt excluded from this discussion process in a blue district and that she felt unwelcome to voice her views. Brownley replied that the meeting was publicly noticed and open to all, and, in a moment of true grace, another audience member stepped up to give this woman a big hug. This is what “Go high” looks like. Bravo!

John, Adriene, and Veronica get some one-on-one time with Congresswoman Brownley

Discussion ended at 8:00, in accordance with the library’s closing time. Thanks to all the Indivisians that came and to all that provided letters. We had over 3 dozen to give to the Congresswoman at the end of the evening. These, along with all the cards filled out by audience members, will give her a lot of source material in her upcoming debates.

4 thoughts on “Ventura Indivisians had an Incredible Time at ACA Town Hall with Julia Brownley!

  1. Regarding the following: “She stopped short promising bring out a single-payer proposal, a suggestion from an audience member that received a standing ovation, saying that it was unrealistic from the minority position she occupies.”
    There was a strong message sent from the room that we are fed up with “business as usual” and despite Julia Brownley’s minority position we expect her to carry the message forward with strength, determination and priority. To some of us it seemed she was afraid to stand up for a strong message from her constituency and that is how Democrats will lose the battle.
    This meeting also shows the importance of even Californians attending these democratic “Town Hall” meetings because it is important to adjust our representatives priorities when needed and also serve notice that even they can be replaced with a stronger Democratic candidate if they are not willing to stand strong enough for what is right.
    As my Dad used to tell us, “Can’t never did anything”.

    Jim Matlock
    (the audience member that unintentionally caused the only standing ovation)
    TOP 10 REASONS FOR “SINGLE PAYER” HEALTH INSURANCE. ( or Medicare, Medicaid for all)

    1 – Everybody in, Nobody out.
    2 – Portability: Change jobs, lose job, divorce, etc. -Won’t lose coverage.
    3 – Uniform Benefits for everyone.
    4 – Enhance Prevention.
    5 – Choose your physician, Pay more if you want more and can afford it.
    6 – Ends Insurance Industry Interference with care.
    7 – Reduces Administrative waste.
    8 – Saves money.
    9 – Common Sense Budgeting – set fair reimbursements and apply them equally.
    10 – Public Oversight, Public Ownership.

    FACT: America has the highest healthcare costs of any developed nation, yet is the only developed nation to not have a type of “single payer”. (excepting Medicare and Medicaid.)

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