This Fourth of July recess week, constituents and health care advocates across the country have been turning up the heat on their Senators to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the GOP’s harmful bill to take health care away from millions. Although some members of Congress who have supported or are yet to reject repeal of the Affordable Care Act have been in hiding during recess, with some even canceling their July 4 parade appearances, there is no escaping the resounding voices of people throughout the USA standing up for the Affordable Care Act.
While states are balancing their budgets and beginning a new fiscal year on July 1, credit rating agencies are warning that the new health care repeal plan could put a dent in future credit ratings for state bonds, making it harder for states to routinely borrow the money they need for education, transportation and other vital state priorities.
Reuters reported that both Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch Rating, leading industry research and credit rating agencies, said the Senate bill, if passed, would be a “credit negative for states” and “cause states to face downward pressure on their credit ratings.”
The postponed vote is proof of the power and impact of people around the country raising their voices and contacting their lawmakers about the harm this bill would cause.Your calls, letters, demonstrations, and story-telling are working!
This fight is not over. When Congress returns on July 10 from the July 4 recess, the Senate could quickly take up and pass a revised bill.
Before the Affordable Care Act, there were times in my life when I had health insurance and other times when I did not. Some employers would offer me a plan, and then if I switched jobs, I’d lose it. I tried to apply for coverage on the individual market, but insurers would deny me when I admitted that I had occasional migraines and sinus issues.
With the recent unveiling of the Senate bill to repeal health care, now more than ever it is critical for advocates for health care to take action to protect our care. To help you keep up the fight, Families USA has compiled a Spotify playlist of the Songs to Save Health Care.
We reached out to you— the advocates who have been mobilizing for months to fight against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and harmful cuts to Medicaid— to gather the songs that most inspire and motivate you in your fight to protect our care.
My family’s whole world was turned upside down in September 2015 when my husband, Ed, survived a massive stroke caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Doctors knew that he had HCM beforehand and they had taken preventive measures, including placing a pacemaker in. But still, nothing could have prepared us for what happened next.
Congressional proposals to cut and cap Medicaid will put enormous pressure on states to cut services – and will make it nearly impossible for states that now have gaps in their coverage to ever catch up. The struggle to provide oral health care illustrates this problem. Currently, all states must provide oral health care for children, but oral health coverage for adults including seniors and people with disabilities is optional for states.
Medicaid often provides life-saving care for children who are born with congenital defects. This California family credits Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid, with saving their son in the days after his birth. If Medicaid is cut, services like these will no longer be available for families like theirs.
Democratic senators are doing the hard work on Capitol Hill to fight the repeal bill. Don’t forget to keep engaging them in your advocacy to stop the heartless legislation. Visit the Protect Our Care page for more resources and tips for talking to senators who support the bill.
If, on the other hand, your senator is opposed to this bill, here’s what you should be doing, 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.