The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act Thursday, May 4 and they think they have the votes to pass it. We need all of you to call your Members of Congress now starting with your Representative and then your Senators. Keep calling until you get through. Demand they vote no on ANY repeal or replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Here’s what’s going on: The Republican party is in factions and desperately looking for a win. So much so that over the past couple days, to appease the far right Freedom Caucus, Republican leadership amended the American Health Care Act (TrumpCare) to allow certain states to waive federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. However, moderate Republicans—facing you and other constituents at town halls across the country—balked at eliminating these popular ACA protections. In a last ditch move, today Rep. Upton, who was among the moderate GOP holdouts, announced a new “compromise.” In order to bribe reluctant GOPs to sell out their constituents, Upton added an $8 billion state high-risk pool slush fund to TrumpCare.
This is a joke. For 35 years before the ACA, states tried high-risk pools and failed. Furthermore, experts estimate that TrumpCare needs $200 billion to fully address the needs of people with pre-existing conditions, not $8 billion. And it changes none of the massive flaws that have always existed in the bill, like cutting health insurance for 24 million+, higher out of pocket costs, the end of Medicaid as we know it, and $600 billion in tax cuts for the rich and corporations.