Action alert re: revised AHCA vote April 27, 2017

Action needed: Please call or email your US Congressperson today

Continuing our work on amplifying the nonprofit sector’s voices on federal issues, we’re asking nonprofits to contact our Minnesota Congressional delegation TODAY to oppose the latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Calls or emails are needed to urge our Congressional representatives to vote NO on the amended AHCA. 

A vote could take place as soon as Friday, April 28.

Find your representative here or call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your US Representative.

Background:

The amendment would make the previous AHCA bill worse, by gutting meaningful protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Instead, those with pre-existing conditions would go back to the “bad old days” when health insurance was too expensive, did not cover needed services, and had annual and lifetime limits.

This is in addition to the same harmful impacts as the original bill:

  • 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026;
  • Many would face higher health care costs, including people aged 50-64, people living in Greater Minnesota, and those with modest incomes;
  • Dramatically shift costs to states through fundamental restructuring of Medicaid that threatens affordable health care for up to 1.2 million Minnesotans, including seniors, people with disabilities, children and others; and
  • Gives large tax cuts to high-income people that do nothing to address our state’s and nation’s health care needs.

 

Suggested calling script or email:

“I’m asking Congress[man/woman] ________________ to please oppose this latest version of the American Health Care Act. It makes a bad bill worse by gutting protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. Instead, those people would be forced to go back to the bad old days before the ACA when insurance was too expensive, didn’t cover needed services, and had annual or lifetime limits.

“The revised bill also does nothing to address the other harmful parts of the AHCA: more people uninsured, increased health care costs, shifting costs to the states by restructuring Medicaid, and giving large tax cuts to high-income people.

“Please vote NO on the amended AHCA. Thank you.”

For more information: 

Reported Amendment to House ACA Repeal Bill Cuts Protections for People with Pre-existing Conditions

ACA replacement: Huge tax cuts for wealthiest while raising costs and cutting care for struggling Minnesotans

 
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