Yes, you are rightly outraged!
When the US House passed the AHCA last Thursday, narrow as the vote was, this is what they voted to do, whether they had read the bill in full or not:
- Take away health care from 24 million Americans.
- Hike deductibles by $1500 on average.
- End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
- Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their healthcare.
- Cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of them children, rely on.
- Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table, even for people with employer coverage.
- Make women pay more for health insurance than men.
- Defund Planned Parenthood – affecting 3 million Americans.
- Cut Special Education funds for schools.
……..All in order to be able to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy.
The good news is that there is a way to go before this bill becomes law. Next it goes to the US Senate. So, what can we do now?
1. Firstly, make sure your US Senators know your opinion of this bill. Call, email, tweet them. They will start work on this bill in the next few weeks. Do not forget to tell them it is unacceptable that there are 13 men on the Senate Healthcare Working Group, and not a single woman!
2. Let your US Representative know what you feel about the way they voted on this bill – in person or by phone, email or twitter. Thank them if they voted “No”. Hold them accountable if they voted “Yes” – tell them how it will affect you or those close to you, and remind them that 2018 is coming and their vote for the AHCA just cost them your vote for them. Click here for the voting details.
3. Look for actions at their offices and join them, or organize your own.
4. Consider donating to candidates running against the US Representatives who voted for the bill, particularly those in flappable districts, in MN and elsewhere.
5. If there is no one running against them, consider running yourself. We are hearing this call from so many people in office – we need more good candidates. Maybe you can be one of them!