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Urgent Health Care Update
On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to repeal key patient protections, end Medicaid as we know it, and eliminate coverage for 24 million people.
Negotiations to repeal the Affordable Care Act have reached a new urgency. President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Speaker Ryan are pulling out all the stops to try and pass the American Health Care Act by the end of the week.
We’re hearing the vote count is extremely close. Will you take a moment to call or email your representative right now?
Back room dealing has led to a new amendment intended to attract moderates onto the bill. But make no mistake about it. This is the same legislation as before. It still:
- Eliminates health coverage for 24 million people
- Ends the Medicaid expansion
- Cuts Medicaid by $850 billion, dismantling the program in a way it will not come back from
- Ends guaranteed protections for people with pre-existing conditions
The new amendment proposes to protect people with pre-existing conditions, by allocating $8 billion for high-risk pools. However, experts on both sides of the aisle have clearly warned these high-risk pools will lead to higher costs, fewer benefits and waiting lists rationing care for those with pre-existing conditions. This is no solution.
This is the moment where we can defeat the American Health Care Act for good. If the House leaves for its week long recess without passing it, congressional leaders know it’ll be very hard to revive it.