Today is the big day that congress is trying to push through the repeal and replace bill, also known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
I just contacted my congressman’s office asking him to vote NO and I hope you will do the same. And here’s why.
It’s a bad deal. Even the Republicans don’t like it, which is why there’s so much commotion today. Key problems:
- People will lose their insurance. 24 million fewer insured over the next ten years
- The poorest people get impacted the most. Medicaid (helping the poorest Americans) cut by $880 billion
- The rich get richer. AHCA gives an $883 billion tax cut, $274 billion to the richest 2%
Source: CBO: American Health Care Act
But wait, there’s more.
- It will increase premiums 15-20% over current Obamacare rates and will especially impact senior citizens
As the AARP states, the AHCA is a tax on old people. Obamacare put a limit on the amount insurance companies could increase premiums to seniors at 3x. AHCA increases that to 5x! To put that in perspective:
“Estimates by AARP have found that the age tax in the AHCA could hike insurance premiums for people ages 60-64 by more than $3,000 a year – to almost $18,000 annually. People between 50 and 59 would see a $1,500 hike to almost $13,000 a year.”
This bill is a disaster.
My husband and I are small business owners and we get our coverage through Obamacare. I have pre-existing conditions and my husband is in his 50’s. At best our premiums will go up 5x (or more since I have pre-existing conditions) and at worst we will be priced out of the market entirely.
When you hear that 14 million will lose their coverage in the first year alone and 24 million over ten years, those aren’t just numbers. They represent people’s lives. They represent me and my family. This is literally a life or death situation for those of us not able to afford coverage who suddenly get sick.
We must make our voices heard.
Please contact your representative in Congress today and let them know that they should VOTE NO on the health care bill.
Click here: Find My Representative