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.
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 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. Elimination will also have a devastating effect on local hospitals, especially rural ones, where hospitals might have to close. And in many rural communities, hospitals are a major source of jobs.
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.
Faso’s wife is a nurse so he will likely know very well the impacts of repeal. He has been equivocal about full repeal but has supported some changes that are not good (insurance across state lines, no insurance product regulation, etc.)
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We want Faso to oppose the moves to begin the repeal of the ACA and any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
IMPORTANT: If you or any family members or friends are getting health insurance though the ACA, be sure to let them know and tell them what will happen if the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, goes away.
“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from [CITY/TOWN].
Please tell Rep. Faso that I oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act and any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. It is dangerous and irresponsible to repeal before putting in place a replacement plan that actually DOES improve things for the average person.
Having healthcare is matter of life and death for many people, including me [my family members and/or friends].
[Add a short story].
Thank you for your time.
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@RepJohnFaso I oppose #ACArepeal – don’t hurt 20 mill. people including me & my family & friends.
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I oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act and any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. It is dangerous and irresponsible to repeal ACA before putting in place a replacement plan that actually DOES improve things for the average person. Having healthcare is matter of life and death for many people, including me [my family members and/or friends].
[Add a short story].