Please make time today to make a call to your House Representative (both Deborah’s Place representatives and your home representatives) and ask them to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This is the newest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans indicate they have enough votes to pass the amended AHCA bill and may vote on the legislation as soon as tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3.
If AHCA is enacted, an estimated 24 million people would lose their healthcare coverage. The bill would eliminate the funding available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would roll back the ACA expansion of Medicaid that includes funding for supportive housing services that benefit people experiencing homelessness. These changes would be devastating to low income families who depend on Medicaid for access to healthcare and supportive services.
Use the call-in lines from SEIU (866-426-2631 for English; 877-736-7831 for Spanish) or MoveOn (844-432-0883).
The amended AHCA keeps the same unacceptable provisions of the prior version. It will:
Cause 24 million people to lose coverage;
Create massive premium hikes for older adults, women, and persons with pre-existing conditions;
Slash $880 billion from Medicaid, leading to service and eligibility cuts for low income people, including people experiencing homelessness;
Shift billions in costs to state governments; and
Use health care cuts to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and the health care industry.
The amended AHCA adds new harmful provisions. It will:
Allow insurance companies to charge more to people with pre-existing conditions;
Allow higher premiums for older adults; and
Gut the requirement that insurance companies cover basic health care services, such as maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health care.