93.1FM WIBC (Indianapolis, Indiana): A Gathering at Susan Brooks' Office, All About The New Health Care Bill


CARMEL, Ind.--Some Hoosiers who don't care for some of the provisions of the American Health Care Act joined Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky outside and Congressional offices Friday morning in Carmel and Evansville.

Some of the 50 or so who tried to see Rep. Susan Brooks in her Carmel office say they were given the boot by building management.

"So the building kicked us out, wanted to kick us out and now the Carmel Police are here to make sure we don't congregate in the hallways," said one man.

"They told us we were protesting, but we were just waiting in line to see her staff," said one woman. She said they requested a meeting with Brooks and asked if there could be a town hall meeting to discuss Brooks' support of the AHCA.

All Republican Indiana representatives voted in favor of the bill. Both Democrats voted no. Planned Parenthood said in a news release that they fear that funding will be cut off for routine health services for women and poor people.

Women would be blocked from getting breast exams, cancer screenings and birth control from Planned Parenthood, said the news release. Their estimate was that 9,800 Hoosiers would be affected.

"This bill would force women into a world where it’s nearly impossible to prevent pregnancy, to get medical care once they’re pregnant, and harder to raise a healthy child," said the release.

Some of the people outside Brooks' office said they were upset about how people with pre-existing conditions would be treated, with the possibility that they could be "priced out" if they changed employers, with a mark-up of 30 percent to get new insurance.

"It keeps pre-existing condition prohibitions," said Rep. Luke Messer, on the House floor Thursday. "No one with a pre-existing condition will be denied coverage because of the policies in this bill."

There are some conditions, though, if you have a pre-existing condition that could make insurance a lot more expensive by states being able to put you in a "high-risk pool"

"There's a whole list of things that could be considered pre-existing conditions that people don't really think of," said one of the women waiting to see Brooks, talking about an expanded list that includes ailments like acne and asthma. "The percentage of people that fall under pre-existing conditions is incredible."

"Thank God I'm old enough to have Medicare. I have asthma," said one man.

The AHCA was a tough sell in the House, and may be an even tougher sell for Senate Republicans, who have the opportunity to cut and splice the bill before it could become law.