As we are winding down our July 4th celebrations of this amazing country and her beautiful and complicated history, the U.S. Senate is taking one last stab at pushing through their health care bill. This bill has been disregarded as a legitimate solution to health care by our most moderate republican senators on Capitol Hill, particularly following the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the legislation, which estimates that :
- 22 million people will lose insurance
- 15 million of those people will lose their Medicaid coverage (this is particularly troubling in Utah considering 6 out of 10 Medicaid recipients are children)
- Millions more low-income Americans will be unable to afford insurance and will stop purchasing it
- All of this will dramatically increase hospital costs for treating the uninsured
Now Trump and Senator Mike Lee want to repeal the ACA without a plan for replacement.
With the necessary votes for the Senate bill unlikely, the Trump administration and our very own Senator Mike Lee have proposed a different direction for health care: complete Obamacare repeal with no attempt to replace.
What ACA repeal without replacement would look like
Remember when an insurance company could drop a person just because they got sick? Remember when an insurance company could deny a person coverage if they had ever had strep throat? Or when college kids couldn’t be on their parent’s insurance plans? Remember when you had to ask your physician not to detail a case of anxiety for fear of how it would impact your health insurance options? In addition to returning to all of the negative aspects of our old, broken health care system that the ACA addressed, a repeal would leave our health care system in chaos with no fix in sight.
Did you know that according to the Cato institute, the US is ranked number 16 on their “freedom index”? Every other ranked country above the U.S. has some sort of universal coverage. As we celebrate the men and women who struggled, fought and died for our freedom, let us take a moment to reflect on the impact our health insurance options have on our everyday life decisions and feelings of liberty. And let’s keep making calls, especially to Senator Lee,
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your U.S. senators and representative and let them know that we do not want to go backwards. We insist on the right to health care as a part of America’s promise of liberty and freedom for all. Tell Senator Hatch that the Senate bill is not an acceptable alternative to the ACA. Tell Senator Lee that repeal without replacement is unacceptable and would drive our entire health care system into chaos. Tell your representative that it is time to get past partisan politics and work together across aisles to fix the Affordable Care Act so that it can work even better for America or find a real solution that ensures real health care for all.
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)
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. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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