A Call To Action: Help Defeat the AHCA!

Written and Posted on Monday,  March 20, 2017

This week takes on great importance in the future of health care in the United States, as the House of Representatives is now scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) this Thursday. At the same time, Speaker Ryan announced yesterday that there would be some substantial changes to the bill (amendments) made that would make it more likely that  House Republicans would vote in favor of the bill. 

We must use our collective voices to demand that the vote will be postponed if the bill is changed. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) needs the time to rescore the bill! They can, and should, be allowed to estimate the impact of any changes on the number of people who will become uninsured and the overall cost of the bill if it does become law.

PLEASE take the time TODAY to call your Representative in Congress and tell them to move to hold any vote until the CBO has released a new score.

NPR has done an outstanding job of collecting the published opinions of all of our House of Representative legislators regarding the AHCA. You can find out what your local Representative to Congress has said before giving them a call.

While you have them on the phone or are leaving them a message, make sure to tell them that the bill must include the individual mandate in order to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions are not forced to purchase insurance at a higher cost. Insurance works by spreading the risk across all people with insurance, and health insurance is no different in that regard.
The future of Medicaid is also under attack if the Republican bill is passed into law. The AHCA (or TrumpCare if you prefer) rolls back the Medicaid expansions and eventually will lead to ending the Federal match for state Medicaid costs, replacing it with a system of flat-funded block grants. This will lead to fewer people being covered by Medicaid for less and less care as time goes on.

The Center for American Progress has analyzed the CBO scores for the AHCA and allocated the cutbacks across all states based on current enrollment data.  You can look up how many people who will lose health insurance or Medicaid for your district.

You can read their analysis here at: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/03/17/428601/coverage-losses-congressional-district-house-aca-repeal-bill/

If this bill is passed, CBO estimates for 2026 are as follows:
7 million fewer people nationwide would be enrolled in coverage through their workplace
5 million fewer people nationwide would be covered by Medicaid expansions
9 million fewer people nationwide would be covered by traditional Medicaid
3 million fewer people self-insured by health care exchanges

A total of 24 million people will be uninsured nationwide by 2026.

Let them hear you voice on all three issues!
No vote without a CBO score!
Keep the mandate so we can keep insurance for the sick!
Protect and strengthen Medicaid now and into the future!

If you need help figuring out what to say and how to say it, Sojourner’s has written an excellent guide that can help. You can find it here at:
 Also finding your Congressional representative phone numbers is easy.

One thought on “A Call To Action: Help Defeat the AHCA!

  1. Here’s a problem: there are a lot of people who say you need to pay for what you use. You can’t sell this change to them, by saying you have to purchase for me. Not in America where it is every man for himself. If there is one thing recent events should teach you, its that attitude.

    Very sad but true. The election should have given that as a clue that enough people are there for it to please.

    The other is that there is no emphasis on the genetics info clause that basically overrides GINA. If you have that, you would have a more compelling argument to revoke the new bill. I’m not sure why you don’t have it in here as it is going to grab people and if the above comment you wrote didn’t bother them, more than likely that loss of GINA clause will. The penalties would be enough to do that.

    Does that make sense in terms of your marketing? These people/”representatives”/politicians understand $$$, lobbyists, they don’t care about people. You are talking people, and they could care less. I think the Mayo Clinic issue should tell you that.

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