If your senator is opposed to this bill, here’s what you should be doing:
The Senate Republicans finally released their bill to repeal the ACA. It is now evident why Senate leadership has attempted to withhold details of this bill from the public. This bill would only inflict more harm on people’s access to health care, compared to the House repeal bill that CBO estimated would strip coverage from 23 million people.
The bill would end the Medicaid expansion, allow states to eliminate essential health benefits and minimum coverage requirements, cut financial assistance for private coverage, instituted an age tax on premiums, and more. Our blog dives into each aspect of the bill and explains what it means for coverage.
If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and cuts Medicaid, millions of people will lose their health coverage. Celeste from National City, Michigan, and her husband are two of them. She shared her health care story with us.
If the Senate passes a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal funding for Medicaid, the pain will not be limited only to people who rely on the ACA and Medicaid for health coverage. When millions lose health insurance, the burden of paying for the health care these now uninsured people need will end up hitting the rest of us – in the wallet.
The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act passed by the House of Representatives would roll back the clock on years of progress toward health care for all and devastate the American health care system.
While Republicans in the Senate have refused to share many details on their version of a bill to repeal the health law, reports have indicated that--like the bill passed by the House-- it will allow states to eliminate the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) established by the Affordable Care Act.
This means getting ride of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people.
Allowing states to waive the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.
As Republicans in Congress continue their quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid for millions, one of our most important roles as health care advocates and activists is to stay motivated and engaged in the fight to save health care. While we all have different ways of doing this, music is a common thread that motivates and connects us together into the larger movement. Every movement has its songs, and we want to hear yours!
When the House of Representatives passed its highly irresponsible and unpopular American Health Care Act, senators were quick to distance themselves from it. In the face of reports the bill would deny coverage to 23 million people, they said the Senate would write its own bill.
But now, the Senate Republicans’ chief vote counter, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, has told reporters that “80 percent of what the House did we’re likely to do.”
As the Senate develops its version of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) it should bear this in mind: There is no “glide path” to ending the Medicaid expansion. Ending federal funding for the Medicaid expansion, even with a supposed “phase out,” means millions across the 31 expansion states will start losing coverage. Fast.
Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act—including the American Health Care Act passed by the House—go well beyond repealing the health care law to a wholesale gutting of Medicaid funding, using what is called a “per capita cap” model. All indications are that the Senate Republicans are seriously considering this model, which will lead to enormous cuts to the Medicaid program.