The House is expected to vote on the AHCA (American Health Care Act, aka the ACA repeal bill) TOMORROW!
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that Republicans’ purported ACA replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would leave a total of 52 million Americans uninsured by 2026. This is primarily due to $880 billion in proposed cuts to Medicaid, despite Trump’s campaign promise of maintaining Medicaid coverage. The bill is also predicted to substantially raise premiums for older people, especially in rural areas. Republicans argue their goal is to reduce the federal deficit, and indeed the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years. However, this reduction is less than 0.2% of the United States GDP and is far less than the $592 billion in tax cuts that the bill provides to wealthier Americans.
A last-minute AHCA amendment developed by GOP leadership failed to meaningfully address the bill’s affordability issues. The amendment does include a proposed medical tax deduction for people between the ages of 50 and 64 (which the Senate would need to implement) to help offset skyrocketing premium costs under the AHCA. However, the amendment would worsen insurance access for Medicaid beneficiaries by allowing states to establish work requirements for Medicaid enrollees. To add insult to injury, the amendment would hasten the repeal of ACA-related taxes, again disproportionately benefiting wealthier constituents.
The American Health Care Act, with its potential to leave millions without affordable health care coverage, is not an acceptable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Lower-income Americans should not be stripped of their coverage in the name of deficit reductions while richer families see tax cuts totaling over half a trillion dollars.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your own U.S. Representative TODAY and ask him/her to oppose the AHCA. Be sure to tell them you are a constituent (if you leave a voice mail, leave your full name and address with zip code to be sure your call is counted). Tell them how the ACA and Medicaid has impacted you and/or your loved ones and why it is important to you to block the repeal. Note that Rep. Stewart and Rep. Love have said they will vote “yes” on the AHCA, but it is not too late to change their minds. As of this morning, Rep. Bishop and Rep. Chaffetz are reportedly still “undecided”. That means calls from District 1 and 3 constituents are especially needed to help these congressmen choose to oppose the bill!
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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(This call to action has been adapted from 5 Calls)