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Stop #Trumpcare Before It Kills Millions of Americans

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Stop #Trumpcare Before It Kills Millions of Americans

The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, also known as The American Health Care Act (ACHA) passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. Here is what you need to know and why we have to stop it:

Essential Health Benefits Could Disappear

  • The 10 Essential Health Benefits that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) guaranteed were: Ambulatory patient services. [outpatient care]
  • Emergency services.
  • Hospitalizations. 
  • Maternity and newborn care.
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment.
  • Prescription drugs.
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.
  • Laboratory services.
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

If #Trumpcare passes, these could all disappear.


Medicaid Will Be Cut

 #Trumpcare will restructure all of Medicaid, not just the parts that Obamacare touched. The American Health Care Act would slash federal Medicaid spending by about $840 billion over 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections. 

Pre-Existing Conditions Won’t Be Protected

Insurers still cannot deny coverage outright to people with pre-existing conditions, as they could before the passage of the ACA. However, they will be able to charge significantly higher premiums once again if individuals do not maintain continuous coverage. And the list of pre-existing conditions is LONG

According to the AARP, premiums could reach as high as $25,700 per year for people in high-risk pools.

 A recent report from the Center for American Progress found that insurers could charge people with metastatic cancer as much as $142,650 more for their coverage, a 3,500% increase.


Tax Credits Would Decrease for Most People

The AHCA dramatically reduces the amount of money people will receive to help pay for their insurance, excepting the youngest, healthiest enrollees. This is the age breakdown for subsidies:
30 and Under: $2,000 per year
30 to 40: $2,500 per year
40 to 50: $3,000 per year
50 to 60: $3,500 per year
60 and Over: $4,000 per year

Women's Health Access Would Take Extra Hits

How will women’s health care be affected? Covering maternity and newborn care as well as birth control coverage could be left up to providers. Other services that could change include breast pumps, domestic violence screening and counseling, mammograms, newborn care, screenings for cervical cancer, STI counseling and well-woman visits. 
If that’s not bad enough, sexual assault, domestic violence, pregnancy, C-section, postpartum depression, and eating disorders could be considered pre-existing conditions once again.

What Can I Do?
Sign this petition, and share it on your social media. But the most important thing you can do right now is call your Senators and tell them that they must not allow The American Health Care Act (ACHA) to pass.
Call (202) 224-3121, ask for your Senator, and use this simple script:

Hello, my name is _______. I am a constituent of Sen. _________, and I am calling to ask them to vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. 

If you feel comfortable sharing your own experiences, say something like:
I have personally benefitted from the Affordable Care Act by [having access to free contraception, getting coverage even with my pre-existing condition]
Make clear that you will not be voting for anyone for votes for the American Health Care Act. 


Thank you for doing your part to help millions of Americans like me!

Susana Arroyo, LVAD recipient and heart disease survivor. 

Sources:

http://time.com/money/4766063/ahca-new-republican-health-care-bill/

http://time.com/money/4763609/pre-existing-conditions-ahca/

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52516

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/04/20/430858/latest-aca-repeal-plan-explode-premiums-people-pre-existing-conditions/

http://time.com/money/4687000/ryan-plan-health-care-tax-credits/

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-call-your-senator-to-protest-ahca-ahead-of-the-senate-vote-55836



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