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It’s Back! Dangerous Repeal & Replace Re-emerges in Senate.
A deep threat to health care is ahead of us. The Senate is looking to vote BEFORE September 30th, with no hearings and no full analysis, on a new bill to repeal the ACA. The Cassidy-Graham bill is as bad or worse than the others, it would cause many millions to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, significantly increase out-of-pocket costs for those in ACA Marketplaces, and decimate consumer protections. Learn more!
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, there’s a much better option: “…a bipartisan, transparent effort to strengthen the individual market and make coverage more affordable is underway by Senators Alexander and Murray, the chair and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Senators from both parties are working to develop bipartisan legislation this month and are utilizing a process that respects the integrity of the Committee process and recognizes the expertise of the Committee. The Cassidy-Graham bill is a direct threat to this bipartisan effort.”
Take Action Today!
Use the Calls to Kill Trumpcare tool to contact like-minded voters in target red states, urging them to call their own Senators to say NO to robbing millions of healthcare! Then, email Senators Whitehouse and Reed so that they know you are with them in opposing this bad bill. And, finally, use the list below to contact friends and family in key states to urge them to take action.
SHARE YOUR ACA or MEDICAID STORY or help a family member or friend to share theirs. There’s a lot of mis-information about the ACA and Medicaid. Your story will help demonstrate that the ACA and Medicaid Expansion is a step forward in achieving coverage for all. Scroll down for a helpful form.
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The ACA and Medicaid are a success in Rhode Island!
Below are just a few facts to demonstrate why we must continue to move forward in ensuring every Rhode Islander has quality, affordable coverage.
30,000 people buy coverage through HealthSource RI. A majority qualify for tax credits to help cover their premiums and subsidies that makes their coverage affordable by helping with out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
70,000 are covered under our State’s Medicaid expansion, a majority of them working adults.
50,000 seniors and adults with disabilities, 155,000 children, parents and pregnant women, and 12,000 children with special health care needs are covered under traditional Medicaid.
Every Rhode Islander benefits from a stronger healthcare system and from guaranteed coverage for Essential Benefits such as pre-natal care, cancer screenings, and well doctor visits.
Some Good News in the Health Care Debate!
The Good News: We strongly support the Affordable Care Act and appreciate what it has done to advance our healthcare system. But we know that to achieve health care for all we need more systemic change. And it’s to that end that Bernie Sanders has released his Medicare for All bill, co-sponsored by Senator Whitehouse and endorsed by Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin. The bill dramatically shifts the debate about health care forward, providing a platform for more open and honest dialogue.
What we must do is make sure that we use the release of Bernie Sanders’ single-payer Medicare for All bill in the U.S. Senate to shift the health care debate toward a more honest dialogue. If we all stay engaged, we can move our nation forward towards universal health care as a right.
What you can do right now:
Learn: As Senator Whitehouse explained, the Medicare for All bill is, “At this point, pretty aspirational…a lot of the details still remain to be worked out.” There are many good, progressive voices in the debate about how we ‘work it out’ who are each contributing to moving action forward. To celebrate that debate, below are a few links to the thoughts and ideas of those with deep experience in either or both politics and policy who share a common vision for health care for all but may share differing views on how to get there.
- Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All
- Sheldon Whitehouse: Whitehouse explains Medicare For All, prospects for bills passage
- Ron Pollock: Many ways to Universal Health Care
- Andy Slavitt: Our Next Health Care Debate
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