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Take Action and Get the Facts!
In just a matter of days, the President 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
Senate Tax Bill Measure to Eliminate Individual Mandate Would Add 13 Million to Uninsured
The newest version of GOP Senate leaders’ tax bill adds a provision repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the requirement that most people enroll in health insurance. It’s already unconscionable that the proposed tax bills in both the House and Senate would fund tax breaks for those least in need of them at the expense of deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, education and other vital services; gutting the individual mandate would put the health and financial well-being of millions more families on the line.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is yet another back-door move by the Republican-led Congress to strip health care away from working families in order to finance their massive tax cuts to the wealthiest American households and corporations. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repeal of the mandate would increase health care premiums, leave 13 million people without insurance and cause massive disruption in the health care marketplace. Middle class families who are dealing with serious conditions would be particularly at risk of losing coverage.
What you can do:
Click here to contact Senators Reed and Whitehouse to let them know you support their opposition to this bad bill!
Contact your friends and family in these key states, ask them to use the link above (http://action.communitycatalyst.org/) to voice their opposition to their own Senators.
Arkansas — Senator Murkowski
Arizona — Senators Flake and McCain
Indiana — Senator Young
Kansas — Senator Moran
Maine — Senator Collins
Nevada — Senator Heller
Ohio — Senator Portman
Tennessee — Senator Corker
West Virginia — Senator Capito
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.
Get the Facts
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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