West Virginia and other states also could be hurt if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, which extended health care coverage to many people and helps support rural hospitals, Sanders said.
“Unless there is a substitute plan that is as good or better, I fear very much that many, many people in West Virginia will A, lose the health insurance they have recently gotten, or B, if they’re on Medicaid, the kind of services they can receive on Medicaid will be diminished.”
House Republicans have drafted a substitute health care law. West Virginia’s U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, have expressed concerns about the possible change.
Sanders‘ scheduled February appearance at the West Virginia National Guard armory in Welch was canceled. The Guard cited a U.S. Defense Department policy prohibiting the use for political and election events.