By now you may have noticed that the second version of the Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the works. This less than 14 days after the ill-fated American Health Care Act was pulled from the House floor following the refusal of the GOP Freedom Caucus and many GOP moderates to support the bill.
For the conservative Freedom Caucus members the bill didn’t go far enough – it didn’t cause enough pain and suffering for the 26 million Americans covered through the ACA. For the GOP moderates, it was because they heard from their constituents in phone calls, emails and town hall meetings that the ACA worked for them and that repealing and replacing it was not an option.
So, where are we now? Here’s what we know:
We know that GOP moderates are pushing back against several aspects of the White House and Freedom Caucus plan. We also know that Congress goes on Spring recess on Friday, April 7 for a week and our elected officials will be back in their districts meeting and listening to constituents. More importantly, we know that the REPEAL of the ACA remains a major push of this Administration. Repeal is not an option.
- Trumpcare 2.0, as proposed by the White House, includes allowing states to remove the essential benefits package of the ACA and allowing barebones insurance. These are the benefits that made the ACA so valuable for Americans – such as coverage for prescription drugs, doctor visits, maternity care, lab visits, mental health, and care for substance use.
- Repeals the community rating which would allow health insurers to hike premiums and charge whatever they want for people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes and, for some insurers, pregnancy.
- Allows the insurance companies to cap how much they pay for care with annual and/or lifetime limits.
- Rolls back Medicaid expansion resulting in 14 million people losing coverage.
- The results would be 24-26 million people currently covered under the ACA would lose their coverage.
- Call your representatives. Through the Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 Here are the messages you could convey:
- Lawmakers should vote NO on the amended American Health Care Act when presented for a vote and protect the 26 million Americans who would lose coverage.
- Protect vulnerable communities. Don’t undermine care for kids, people with disabilities and older adults by cutting our Medicaid program.
- Attend town hall meetings and make legislative visits during the Spring recess. Let your representatives know how the ACA has impacted you and your community.
- Tell Us Your Story! Send us an email or video at about how the ACA has affected your life or helped a loved one. Stories are an impactful way of letting elected officials see and know how their actions affect their constituents.
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Your support was important to the failure of the March 24th attempt by Congress to repeal the ACA. Your support will be important in our ongoing campaign to keep the ACA and coverage for nearly 26 million Americans.
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