Senate Republicans finally revealed their version of the House’s American Health Care Act, the ACA repeal plan passed by House Republicans in May. Both bills received poor scores by the non partisan Congressional Budget Office, which pointed to the millions of Americans who would lose health insurance altogether, millions more who would not be able to afford health insurance, millions more who would lose Medicaid coverage and millions more who would have their health care treatments, services and medications slashed. Particularly at risk are children, women, disabled people, people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly.
In Utah, the impacts of these bills is equally grim, particularly for the 25% of Utah children enrolled in the ACA and Utah’s large Medicaid recipient population. In addition, Trumpcare transfers significant health care burden onto the state without providing funding to address that burden.
What governors can do
Governors thus have a vested interest in opposing the AHCA and Trumpcare to preserve insurance coverage for residents of their state. A bipartisan group of governors (Republican governors of Ohio, Nevada, and Massachusetts; Democrat governors from Pennsylvania, Montana, Louisiana and Colorado) have already signed a letter in opposition to congressional Republicans’ ACA efforts, calling for the Senate to take a bipartisan approach in fixing the nation’s healthcare system. Continued push back from governors against the AHCA and Senate bill is crucial to protecting healthcare for millions of Americans.
CALL TO ACTION
Call or write to Governor Gary Herbert R-UT to express your concerns about the AHCA, Senate bill and undemocratic process of rushing these bills through Congress without stakeholder input. Let Governor Herbert know that many Governors across party lines have signed onto a letter opposing the ACA repeal efforts and ask Governor Herbert to consider co-signing the letter as well to leave ACA in tact for the best interests of Utahns and our great state. Please remember to be respectful and courteous. If leaving a voicemail, be sure to leave your full street address to ensure your call gets tallied.