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Latest Changes to American Health Act Little More than a Fig Leaf

Latest Changes to American Health Act Little More than a Fig Leaf

The latest additions to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will do nothing to cure its fundamental defects of breaking repeated promises from Congressional Republicans to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the AHCA from the floor in March because he didn’t have the votes to be sure of its passage. A “deal” (Meadows-McArthur amendment) during the Congressional recess made a bad bill worse, giving states an opportunity to seek a nearly automatic waiver from both the essential benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the requirements to charge persons in the individual market the same regardless of a pre-existing condition. This deal converted the resistant Freedom Caucus Republicans from a “no” vote on AHCA to a likely “yes” vote.

But centrist Republicans began to express opposition to the amendment as they returned from recess. The President and House Leadership have continued to “tweak” the bill to try to get to the magic number of 216 votes. This week the Upton-Long amendment surfaced with an offering of $8 billion to be added to the $130 billion AHCA for the states. If this money is to encourage states to create high risk pools, it is way short of the amount needed.

Republicans in the House can do all the backroom vote-trading they want; their bill will still harm most Ohioans because it not only guts essential benefits and pre-existing condition protections, it will result in the restoration of annual and lifetime caps on benefits, a very popular provision of the ACA.

Bottom Line:

  • 24 million more people would be uninsured by 2026.
  • Medicaid would be cut by $839 billion over ten years. Under the House bill, 14 million fewer people would be enrolled in Medicaid by 2026.
  • People who currently purchase coverage through the ACA marketplaces would see large increases in their premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs.
  • High-income people would receive billions of dollars in tax cuts, averaging over $50,000 per year for people with incomes exceeding $1 million.

This isn’t what people in America want. It is time for the GOP to drop this crazed fixation on repeal and move on.

Call Your Representatives – Possible Vote on Trumpcare TOMORROW

Call Your Representatives – Possible Vote on Trumpcare TOMORROW

The House has revived their Trumpcare bill again, this time with an amendment that would take away care from people with pre-existing conditions. The bill has more support this time around, and the House could vote TOMORROW. You must call your representative today and tell them not to vote for this bill.

Click here for a fact sheet on the harmful effects of Trumpcare.

We MUST get our message through to our representatives that this bill is destructive and will take health care away from millions. Please call your representatives TODAY!

Everyone should call their representatives, but it’s especially important to call if you live in one of these legislators’ districts:

  • Congressman David Joyce: (202) 225-5731
  • Congressman Mike Turner: (202) 225-6465
  • Congressman Steve Stivers: (202) 225-2015
  • Congressman Bob Gibbs: (202) 225-6265

Please encourage others in those districts to call, and visit our Facebook page for shareable graphics.

Congress Revives Trumpcare Again, Targets Pre-Existing Conditions

Congress Revives Trumpcare Again, Targets Pre-Existing Conditions

Once again, House Republicans are trying to revive their failed Trumpcare bill, this time with changes that could take away coverage from even more people, including people with pre-existing conditions. Click here for a refresher on what the original bill would mean for Ohio.

A change to the bill would allow states to request an exemption from rules that protect consumers. People with pre-existing conditions could again be charged much higher, unaffordable premiums, and insurance plans would no longer be required to provide “essential” services like maternity care and mental health care. There could be even more harmful changes that we don’t yet know about.

The House of Representatives will try to bring this bill to a vote next week when they return from recess.

Remember to take every opportunity to let your members of Congress know how important real health care is. We may be calling on you to raise your voice louder if the House moves forward with this bill.

Thank you for continuing to stand with us to protect our care.

National Day of Action Today to Protect Health Care

National Day of Action Today to Protect Health Care

Today, April 19, is a National Day of Action to protect health care. Here are two things you can do:

  1. Join us on Facebook Live at noon today for a ten-minute update on ongoing threats to health care. Republican members of Congress and President Trump are still working to sabotage health care. Watch live at noon or call in at (641) 552-9112, access code 570430#.
  2. TODAY, call your members of Congress and tell them to fund cost-sharing reduction payments. Many people who buy Marketplace plans get help paying for their deductibles and copays. Insurance companies are required to provide this assistance in return for payments from the federal government, but Congress refuses to fund those payments. Insurance companies will either raise premiums or stop offering Marketplace plans entirely. Congress must stop sabotaging health care and fund these payments.

Here’s how to call your members of Congress at their offices in Ohio:

  • Click here to find your member of the House of Representatives and call them at their office near you.
  • Call Senator Portman in Cincinnati (513-684-3265), Cleveland (216-522-7095), Columbus (614-469-6774), or Toledo (419-259-3895).
  • Call Senator Brown in Cleveland (216-522-7272), Cincinnati (513-684-1021), Columbus (614-469-2083), or Lorain (440-242-4100).

Thank you for raising your voice to protect our care!

LAST CHANCE – Call to Save Health Care!

TODAY’S THE DAY – Tell your House member not to support Trumpcare

TOMORROW, the House of Representatives will vote on “Trumpcare,” the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The House is fractured – many members are undecided or have expressed concern about the bill. It’s our LAST CHANCE to tell house members not to support the ACA repeal bill. Your member of the House of Representatives MUST hear from you before the vote on Thursday.

TODAY, Wednesday, March 22, call your member of the House of Representatives and tell them NOT to vote for the bill to repeal the ACA.

Click here to find your member of the House.

Under Trumpcare:

  • Older adults are hurt by the rise in premiums, the cuts to Medicaid, and the cuts to Medicare funding.
  • Low-income working people would have less help with premiums, higher cost of insurance, and would lose help with health care expenses.
  • Cuts to Medicaid would hurt health care for older adults, children, and those with disabilities, shift costs to states, and hurt people affected by addiction.
  • People with gaps in insurance coverage will be penalized after they get coverage, creating an additional barrier to coverage for people who are uninsured.

Before the House votes on this bill, you must tell your representative that Trumpcare would be a disaster that would make health coverage more expensive, hurt health care for the most vulnerable Americans, and take away critical rights, all to fund tax cuts for wealthy Americans. TODAY, call your House member and tell them not to vote for the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

TODAY: National Call-In Day to Protect Health Care and Medicaid

TODAY: National Call-In Day to Protect Health Care and Medicaid

Congressional leaders are rushing to take health care from millions of Americans and harm Medicaid with extreme cuts to health care for children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Trumpcare would change Medicaid to “per capita caps” so that states must either find billions of new dollars or cut coverage and care.

Today, March 16, join the National Medicaid Call-In Day to protect our care. Call 866-426-2631 (or 877-736-7831 for Spanish) to be connected to your members of Congress. To reach your members of Congress directly, call Senator Portman at 202-224-3353 or click here to find your Representative.

Tell Republicans in Congress: Vote “NO” on the Trumpcare bill. We can’t afford for health care and Medicaid to be taken away from children, seniors, and people with disabilities and for monthly premiums and co-pays to go up for all Americans. We want healthy communities for all of Ohio.

Don’t forget to share your story of how you, your patients, friends, neighbors, and loved ones would be affected if Congress guts Medicaid.  If you don’t know anyone that has been on Medicaid, let your member of Congress know why you believe health care is important to everyone.