It is easy to be discouraged by this Administration and Republican Congress, so take heart in the wins, gentle activists! Their attempt to vote in the AHCA to replace the ACA yesterday, the 7th anniversary of Obamacare, didn’t work out as planned. Now they’re planning to vote today. We’ve discussed several times how bad the AHCA aka Trumpcare aka Ryan care is for so many people. A couple more points:
- Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated score on the AHCA. In sum: “The legislation would reduce the deficit by $150 billion over 10 years, down from $337 billion in the original legislation, the report said. The plan would still result in 24 million more people being uninsured in 2026, a finding that has been a rallying cry for Democrats. Premiums would still initially rise by 15 percent to 20 percent before eventually becoming 10 percent lower, the CBO said.”
- Then there was this. The Freedom Caucus was talking about all the things from Obamacare they wanted to ensure didn’t make it into Trumpcare, including cutting maternity care, preventative health services, well visits, and more! To phrase this more crassly, a bunch of dicks got together to talk about how to screw ladies. And because the White House/Paul Ryan clearly just want to get something to pass, they’re willing to agree to much of this – including getting rid of the pre-existing condition clause, which they previously specifically campaigned to keep.
So now what?
DON’T STOP CALLING. Take nothing for chance, people! Called already this week and found out your Representative is undecided or voting for it? Call again! Here’s a script:
Hello, my name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. How is the Representative planning to vote on the AHCA?
If against: So glad to hear that! Thanks for your time.
If for or undecided: I hope the Representative is aware that 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance as a result of this bill. Additionally, I am incredibly disturbed by the proposal to eliminate mandatory maternity coverage, preventative health care, well visits, mental health, addiction treatment, and more. If the Representative votes in favor of this bill, we will remember it come the next election. Thanks for your time.
GO TEAM GO!