Help Save the Affordable Care Act – Join a National Senate Call-In Day on January 10 to #ProtectOurCare!
Congress’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act will strip health care coverage from tens of millions of individuals and increase health care costs for millions more. Congressional Republicans are rushing ahead to destroy the ACA and the expansion of Medicaid.
The Republicans’ repeal bill includes no replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Instead their bill would:
- Yank health insurance from 30 million people, 82 percent of whom are in working families.
- Take coverage from the tens of millions of low and moderate income individuals who gained it through Medicaid expansion.
- Cause health care premiums to spike drastically for many millions more.
- Give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy, insurance and drug companies, while eliminating tax credits for working families. Hurt rural hospitals, causing many to close, resulting in no local care and huge local job losses.
- Coddle the nation’s largest corporations by letting them limit or take away health care coverage for their workers.
- Double the number of uninsured children in the country, leaving an additional 4 million children uninsured.
- Cut funding of Planned Parenthood health centers that provide an array of preventive and basic health services to millions of women.
Congressional Republicans are using the budget process to dismantle the ACA by ending tax breaks and subsidies, and are showing us no alternative plan. That’s likely because the plans they have championed contain provisions unacceptable to Americans of all walks of life and political affiliations, like weakening protections for pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to raise premiums on people in their 50s and 60s, reducing tax credits for moderate income families, eliminating the requirement for coverage of preventative services (such as cancer screenings and birth control), and permit prescription drug prices to soar.
Eliminating coverage for people in their late 40s through Medicare eligibility has been shown to increase the costs to Medicare as people who can’t afford insurance, or who can’t afford the out of pocket costs, put off healthcare until they have Medicare. Thus, they are much sicker, increase spending on Medicare. Not to mention cost in human suffering and the fact that people have not been able contribute at their highest potential to society.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
We are thanking them for standing firm in their opposition to the repeal of the ACA and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. If you or any family members or friends are getting health insurance though the ACA, be sure to let them know.
“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. Please tell the Senator that I appreciate his/her work opposing any repeal of the Affordable Care Act and any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
We can’t afford to go down this path. This is a matter of life and death for my [family members and/or friends – insert a story if you have one].
Thank you for your work on this issue.