Despite Trump’s calls to the Senate to make their health care bill less “mean”, the Senate health care bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Unfortunately, the bill is neither better nor reconciliatory. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office came out with it’s CBO score on the Senate bill yesterday, confirming that under the bill:
- 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance in the next 10 years
- 15 million Americans would lose their health care by next year
- 4 million older adults (ages 50-64) would lose health insurance by 2026
- Deductibles in many cases would be higher
- By 2020 premiums and deductibles would be too expensive for most low-income people to afford
- Medicaid would be cut by $772 over 10 years and would cover 15 million fewer people
The American Medical Association opposes the bill. The National Governor’s Association cautioned Mitch McConnell and the Senate from moving too quickly to pass a bill that states haven’t had the chance to review. Yet it is still possible that the Senate will move to vote on this bill as early as today to try to pass it before the July 4th holiday.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call our U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose the Senate health care bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act”. Tell staffers it’s time to put people over politics and work on fixing the Affordable Care Act to make it work better. Be sure to share any personal stories that support your opinion. If you get voice mail, be sure to leave your name and address with zipcode to ensure your call is counted. NOTE: Senator Lee came out in opposition against the Senate bill last week. Though you may not agree with his reasons why, it is helpful to commend him for opposing this bad bill.
- Sign petitions, like this petition, this petition and this petition, all listed on our Petitions, Petitions! page, which we update daily.
- Tweet @senorrinhatch and ask him to #VoteNo on the senate health care bill.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
NY Times: “Senate Health Bill Reels as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured”
The Hill: “American Medical Association: Obamacare repeal violates ‘do no harm’ rule”
ABC News: “The Latest” 3 GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill”
Washington Post: “Analysis – Tip for saving money under Senate health-care bill: Don’t be old“