#ReadAHCAThey didn’t read the bill. But we will.
THE 13 SENATORS (ALL MEN) WHO ARE WORKING ON THE AHCA
BONUS (GOP SENATORS SKEPTICAL OF THIS BILL)
Senator Susan Collins: She was the second senator to announce she’s a firm “no” on the AHCA, which she says “really misses the mark.” Collins has said that she wants the GOP plan to insure more people than Obamacare.
Senator Bill Cassidy: The Louisiana senator said he found the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that 24 million people would lose coverage by 2026 “awful,” though he hasn’t said definitively that he’ll vote against it.
Senator Dean Heller: The Nevada senator announced last week that he does not support the AHCA due to its Medicaid cuts… As the only GOP senator up for reelection in a state won by Hillary Clinton, Heller is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the 2018 midterms.
Senators Rob Portman, Cory Gardner, Shelley Moore Capito, and Lisa Murkowski: Just before the AHCA was introduced, these four senators sent a letter to McConnell saying, “We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states.” All four are from states that accepted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which the AHCA would phase out starting in 2020.
Senator Tom Cotton: While Cotton is a far-right Republican, his complaints about the AHCA don’t completely align with those of Paul, Cruz, and Lee. His state, Arkansas, has seen one of the biggest reductions in its uninsured rate, dropping from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 10.2 percent in 2016. Cotton is in favor of work requirements for Medicaid, but expressed concerns about poor people being able to afford coverage on the private market.
HOW YOU CAN DEFEND THE ACA & MEDICAID
Since the fight to save the ACA is now in the Senate, the following question are for your two senators. Questions for your representative, see here.
- Republicans in the House sided with Trump over the wellbeing of their constituents when they voted to pass TrumpCare. They voted for it without a CBO score, meaning that they didn’t even know how much it would harm their constituents. We now have a CBO score and know that TrumpCare would kick 23 million people off of their health care. As your constituent, can you promise me that you:
- “…won’t vote for a bill that would lead to millions of Americans losing their health coverage?”
- “…won’t vote for a bill without first knowing its full implications from a CBO score?”
- I don’t believe that ensuring “access” to health care, which doesn’t take into account affordability or quality of care, is good enough. Can you guarantee that any replacement plan will cover AT LEAST as many people that would be covered under the ACA? Can you guarantee that no one will lose their coverage as a result of your vote?
- I [or someone I know] has “x” condition and I’m afraid that I [they] will be unable to obtain affordable health coverage because of my [their] pre-existing condition. I want to know if you can assure me that I’ll be able to get the same consumer protections as the ACA, including for a pre-existing condition?
- Thanks to the ACA, I was able to enroll in my state’s Medicaid program for the first time. I’m afraid that a replacement plan will end funding for state Medicaid expansions. Can you assure me that funding for Medicaid won’t get cut under ANY replacement plan?
- Currently, anyone who is eligible for Medicaid is able to get it. I’m one of those people. I’m afraid that I may lose my Medicaid coverage if the program is restructured. Can you also assure me that Medicaid will remain an entitlement, and that anyone eligible will be guaranteed coverage?
- [For Democrats] I’m afraid that Republicans will try to force Democrats to negotiate on coverage and benefits in a replacement plan. Can you promise me that you won’t compromise on coverage and benefits for anyone currently eligible for the ACA?
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IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTED FOR TRUMPCARE, THEY VOTED TO:
- Take away health care from 23 million Americans. This is according to nonpartisan estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This will result in 24,000 – 44,000 more Americans dying every year from lack of insurance. Not to mention medical bankruptcies, lost wages, untreated illnesses…
- Hike deductibles by $1500 on average. TrumpCare pushes Americans into low-quality, high cost-sharing health insurance by providing meager tax credits compared to the Affordable Care Act. This is the opposite of what Trump promised in his campaign.
- End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare incentivizes states to drop consumer protections, meaning insurance companies will be able to charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. 130 million Americans have a pre-existing conditions. People could face premiums well over $100,000 a year.
- Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their health care. A single, 64 year old adult making $26,500/year would have to pay between $13,600 and $16,100 in annual premiums, depending whether they live in a state that sought a waiver from consumer protections. Compare this to the $1,700 the same person would pay under current law that’s a 950% increase.
- Cut $834 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of which are children, rely on. TrumpCare cuts federal funding for the program, which will result in states having to ration care and cut the quality of services.
- Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table for even those with employer coverage. This means a baby with a serious medical condition could use up its lifetime limits in the first month of life under TrumpCare.
- Make women pay more for health insurance than men. Because insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or assault survival and because pregnancy care no longer would be a required benefit, women would once again pay more for health care than men.
- Defund Planned Parenthood. Nearly 3 million Americans, especially women and families, receive affordable health care services annually at Planned Parenthood facilities. TrumpCare prohibits any funding from going to these clinics.
- Harm children with special needs by cutting Special Education funds for schools. Medicaid funds a large portion of education for students with a variety of disabilities. Buried in the bill is a provision that no longer recognizes schools as required Medicaid providers, on top of the massive cuts to the program.
- And, it does all of this in order to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
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To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.
This Act may be cited as the “American Health Care Act of 2017”.
SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
The table of contents of this Act is as follows… READ MORE.