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In just a matter of days, 45 has signed three Executive Orders deliberately designed to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Rather than working to support bi-partisan efforts to strengthen and improve coverage, his actions will increase the Federal deficit, drive up insurance premiums, put coverage for those with pre-existing conditions at risk, and likely drive up the number of uninsured by one million people! His order that would allow employers to stop providing no-cost share contraception are a direct attack on women. Learn more! Click the graphics and links for more in-depth analysis.
From the New York Times: What We Know About Trump’s Twin Blows to Obamacare
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Sabotage Watch
Another Repeal Plan Bites the Dust!
Congressional Republicans announced they will not vote on the bill from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The latest version of the bill would likely be at least as damaging — and in some ways, probably more so — than previous Republican repeal bills, as a number of new and updated analyses show:
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.”
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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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