Delayed GOP health plan concerns LI seniors

Posted: Updated:
COMMACK -

Some Long Island seniors told News 12 that the Republican health care plan would threaten their benefits and put their health at risk. 

The Better Care Reconciliation Act, a bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted a vote on this week, has been delayed until after the July Fourth holiday recess due to a lack of support among fellow Republicans. The bill was hampered by the release of the Congressional Budget Office's report that said 22 million less people would be left uninsured by the year 2026. 

Residents and administrators at the Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack say the massive loss of Medicaid coverage under the bill was enough for them to rally against it. They have been urging lawmakers not to make such drastic cuts to a program they say pays for more than half of the services provided to residents at its facility.

"This is a very critical time for us right now. It's never been this critical," says Stuart Almer Gurwin, of the rehab center. "We've always  [been]  faced with cuts. We understand how the system works. But this is really a call to arms that we're all very concerned about."

Rep. Lee Zeldin says he supports the current proposal, saying "Our current health care system is deeply flawed and must be improved...doing nothing is not an option."
 

  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Photos from Toy Fair 2019

    Photos from Toy Fair 2019

    The 116th annual North American International Toy Fair has begun.
    The 116th annual North American International Toy Fair has begun.
  • 2019 Jones Beach Summer Concert Lineup

    2019 Jones Beach Summer Concert Lineup

    Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2019.Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2019.

    Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2019.

    Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is rolling out a new concert lineup for 2019.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."