Contact your Representative and urge them to
Vote “NO” on the American Health Care Act
Call now to urge a ”no” vote (202) 224-3121
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has confirmed what we already know: The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would wreak havoc on the health care system. The bill would increase costs for consumers while providing less coverage. The AHCA would benefit the healthy and wealthy while inflicting far-reaching harm on children, seniors, low-income consumers, those with disabilities, and more. Despite Congressional leaders’ assertions, this plan does nothing to improve choice or affordability.
- In 10 years, a total of 24 million more people will be uninsured under the AHCA than is projected under current law. All told, the uninsured rate under the House Republicans' bill will be higher than before the ACA was passed.
- $880 billion dollars will be cut from the Medicaid program through elimination of the Medicaid expansion and a fundamental restructure of the Medicaid program. This massive, unprecedented cost shift to states means 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage and millions of seniors, disabled individuals, and other vulnerable populations who rely on the program will be at risk.
- Premiums and out-of-pocket costs will increase, particularly for older adults and those with lower incomes. At the same time, plans available on the marketplace will be less comprehensive than they are today—meaning individuals will be paying more for less.
And in the final days before the Thursday vote, House leadership has rolled out a large batch of changes that include the opportunity to:
- Move up the date of the Obamacare taxes repeal. Taxes that help fund the credits — on everything from healthcare executives making over $500,000 to tanning beds — would be repealed in 2017 instead of 2018.
- Allow states to create work requirements for Medicaid. While 77% of Medicaid beneficiaries are in households with a worker, the bill now has a provision that would allow states to mandate that nondisabled people be working to qualify for Medicaid. The new amendment would also increase the federal assistance for any state that institutes a work requirement by 5%.
- Allow states to shift Medicaid funding to a block-grant system. The original AHCA wording would shift funding for Medicaid expansion to per capita block grants, but the new provision would allow states to shift their funding for Medicaid to a simple block grant.
For more than 60 years, Presbyterian General Assemblies have been calling for reform of the U.S. health system, urging the establishment of a national medical plan that will ensure universal health coverage for all persons residing in the United States. In 1988, the Assembly wrote, “Jesus’ command to love our neighbor requires persons with plentiful health resources both to comprehend the condition of those persons without basic health care and to share the means to health.” In other words, it is our collective responsibility as a community, and as a nation, to make sure that all people have access to the means to good health – that is, access to quality, affordable, comprehensive health coverage.
The ACHA is a huge step in the wrong direction, call now to urge your Representative to vote “no”! (202) 224-3121