The Republicans in the Senate are currently devising their version of the AHCA (American Health Care Act) behind closed doors and are taking full advantage of the Comey hearing and other distracting national headlines to continue to do so. GOP leaders in the Senate are in fact moving closer to an agreement that will garner 50 votes and enable them to pass their bill on the floor. Last week, Senate Leader McConnell initiated Rule 14 proceedings so that health care repeal is on fast track without hearings, expert input and possibly even a draft of the bill until a day before the vote!
Previously, we had been hopeful that the Senate would greatly rework the House version of the AHCA, but all signs show that the Senate version is 90% the same as the horrible House bill. We need to show our elected officials that we will NOT be stopped in our opposition of the AHCA. We reject the AHCA, block grants and caps in Medicaid, roll-back of Medicaid expansion and loss of coverage for millions of people!
Below there are two key actions steps you can take, but first a little refresher on the AHCA…
The AHCA Takes Health Care from Families and Gives Tax Breaks to the Rich and Insurance Companies:
- Takes health coverage away from 23 million people.
- Increases premiums and out of pocket costs, especially for people over 50.
- Allows insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes more for insurance without guaranteeing coverage for essential health benefits like mental health treatment, maternity care and prescriptions.
- Gives over $600 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy, insurance and prescription drug companies.
The AHCA Radically Changes Medicaid for Seniors, Children and People with Disabilities & Ends Medicaid as we Know it:
- Eliminates Medicaid expansion, ending coverage for 681,000 people.
- Ends Medicaid for those covered because of the ACA and for seniors, children and people with disabilities that received Medicaid before the ACA and replaces it with very limited funding in the form of caps or block grants.
- Shifts $24 billion in costs from the federal government to our state budget–which we haven’t even had in over 2 years! This impact would mean forcing further cuts to other important services.
Specifically in Illinois, the AHCA Puts Healthcare at Risk for MILLIONS of people:
- 846,000 in IL gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act
- 5,600,000 people in IL with pre-existing conditions could be charged more
- 681,000 in IL gained coverage through Medicaid Expansion including 60,000 veterans
- 225,200 seniors who depend on Medicaid in IL
- 1,572,100 children who depend on Medicaid in IL
- 333,000 people with disabilities covered by Medicaid in IL
- 52% of births in IL are covered by Medicaid
I invite you to join in today’s (June 14, 2017) national call in day as we continue to be more vocal than EVER about the importance of healthcare for all and our opposition to the AHCA!
Governor Rauner continues to have an influence regarding the repeal of the ACA or any changes to Medicaid because of the grave fiscal impact on the state if this were to happen. Join the national day of action by calling Governor Rauner either at his Chicago office 312-814-2121 or his Springfield office 217-782-0244 to voice your concern about the AHCA!
- Script: Hello, my name is _____________and I am a resident of Illinois. Governor Rauner needs to tell Congress that Illinois greatly benefits from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, and we refuse to move backward! I urge Gov. Rauner to stand strong to protect health care access by voicing his opposition to the AHCA.
Once you make a call, report it here and then forward this email onto a friend, colleague or family member to amplify our message!
Secondly, the IL House Human Service Appropriations Committee will be holding a hearing on HR445 on June 20, 2017 at 1pm at the Bilandic Office Building (160 N. LaSalle) in Room C-600. The resolution is sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris and urges defeat of the AHCA. RSVP here to join for the hearing!