Call for Action, Health Care

Call For Action: Tell Rep. John Faso To Value Lives Over Money

Action Alert – Trumpcare advanced to the House floor by a slim 19-17 Budget Committee vote, with John Faso voting yes to advance the bill. Had John Faso voted NO, the bill would not have advanced. Let him know his vote was unacceptable and not in the interests of NY-19.

Thank you to Cynthia Reichman for her work on this issue.

Short Background

On March 13, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a detailed analysis of Trumpcare, the Republican’s plan to replace Obama’s ACA.

It shows that this cruel plan will take one TRILLION dollars away from the poor, near poor and the middle class in order to fund an $883 billion dollar tax cut for the wealthy. (And it cuts a piffling <.02% of our $230 trillion dollar from GDP in 2017 – 2026, according to Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman.)

Under Trumpcare, at least 24 million more people will lose insurance by 2026. Research from the respected Annals of Internal Medicine in May of 2016 shows that this means that 28,916 people, who are mostly poor and low income, will die.  

Let’s cut to the chase: with Trumpcare, the GOP shows us it values each American life as being worth a $3 million dollar tax cut for the rich.

Tell Rep. Faso it is time to value our lives over other people’s money.

Sample Phone Call to Rep. Faso

Hello, I am [name], [town-county-zip]. I am a constituent of Congressman Faso. I am calling to ask the Congressman to vote NO on the American Health Care Act, or as I call it, Trumpcare. The CBO estimates 14 million people will lose health insurance next year, and by 2026, 24 million people will not have health insurance.

The more than 92,000 people in your district who receive health insurance through the ACA Marketplace and Medicaid expansion will be severely hurt by this bill.

Research by the American College of Physicians shows that if 24 million people lose health insurance, almost 29 thousand will die.

That values each American life as being worth a $3 million dollar tax cut for the rich.

It is time for Rep. Faso to value OUR lives over other people’s money.

I urge Rep. Faso to vote NO on this terrible bill.

Phone Numbers for Congressman Faso

Washington, DC Office: (202) 225-5614

Delhi District Office: (607) 746-9537

Kinderhook District Office: (518) 610-8133

Kingston District Office: (845) 514-2322

Sample Tweet to Rep. Faso

NO on AHCA @RepJohnFaso Almost 100k in #ny19 lose health ins; almost 30k US die. Each US life worth a $3 mill. tax cut for rich. Evil.

More Background

Here are more key points from the CBO report – Trumpcare means that:

1.   14 million people will lose health insurance in 2018—that’s next yearmostly in the individual marketplace.

2.   24 million people will lose health insurance by 2026. This completely erases the gains made to date by the ACA. (Some reports say more will lose coverage.)

3.   Premiums will rise by an average 15 to 20% by 2026, and will rise most dramatically for the elderly.

For example, under the ACA, a 64-year-old male, making $26,500 a year, now pays $1,700 per year for health insurance, or about 6% of his income.

Under Trumpcare, he will pay $14,600, or 55% of his yearly income. Most likely, he will not be able to afford this, and will then be left uninsured.

4.   $880 billion will be cut from Medicaid funding. 73% of Medicaid beneficiaries are children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

5.   $592 billion of the $883 billion in tax cuts will go to the very wealthiest individuals and corporation.

New York And Trumpcare

In our NY-19 Congressional District, there are currently 16,500 ACA Marketplace enrollees and 76,417 ACA Medicaid enrollees. It is likely that Trumpcare will hurt a majority, if not all, of these people.

According to the New York State Department of Health, implementation of Trumpcare will likely have the following effect on our state:

1.   Over 1 million New Yorkers will face significant loss of health care.

2.   Over $4.5 billion in costs will be shifted to states, counties, and safety net hospitals over the next four years increasing the tax burden on residents and putting countless healthcare providers in jeopardy.

3.   At least $2.4 billion of these costs will be shifted to New York State annually beginning in 2020. This burden might grow even larger if the impact of Medicaid block grants is considered.

4.   The $400 million in tax credits used by New Yorkers to purchase health insurance on the New York State of Health insurance exchange will be lost and replaced (only in some cases, not all) with alternative subsidies which are not related a person’s ability to pay.