Look who is paid off.Cory Booker and John Lewis on the steps of the capitol discussing healthcare
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ACA-OBAMACARE AND AHCA-TRUMPCARE
IS YOUR REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF CONGRESS LYING TO YOU ABOUT TRUMPCARE?
Explainers | May 26, 2017
If your Member of Congress (MoC) voted for TrumpCare, they know they’re in trouble. They took an indefensible vote, one that would directly harm their constituents, in order to give Donald Trump a victory. So what are they doing now? They’re hiding from constituents. They’re cancelling town halls or holding sham ones. And they’re lying to their constituents about the differences between the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and TrumpCare. They have to lie because they know the truth may very well cost them their seat. We’re providing you with the resources to push back if you’re at a town hall or on the phone with a Republican trying to mislead you.
The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with 7 years-worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite rhetoric from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.
The Trump Administration continues to sow uncertainty in the insurance market by not enforcing the individual mandate or paying plans money promised to them to offset the cost of subsidies for low-income Americans.
The insurance market will react to this uncertainty: some plans may pull out and others will have to charge higher premiums to account for the uncertainty caused by the Trump Administration. For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, recently said they were nearly tripling their premium increases for this exact reason.
If the Trump Administration followed the law as it is written today, the health insurance market would continue trending toward stability.
Medicaid is decimated under TrumpCare and would result in millions of Americans losing coverage.
TrumpCare would end Medicaid expansion by 2020 and cut $800 billion dollars from the program just in the first decade.
Medicaid for kids, elderly and the disabled is radically transformed to a system where states get fixed funding, regardless of their health care needs or unexpected disasters like Zika or opioid addiction spikes that drive up the cost of services.
Don’t let them tell you no one on Medicaid is hurt under TrumpCare. 14 million will lose Medicaid coverage.
The process to pass the ACA was lengthy, thorough and transparent. TrumpCare has been rushed, negotiated in backrooms, without input from experts, stakeholders, or the public.
In the House, the ACA received 79 hearings with 181 witnesses and 121 amendments. Trumpcare received literally zero hearings and zero witnesses and no substantive amendments to the actual legislation were accepted in committee.
The ACA took over a year to pass. Republicans first tried to pass Trumpcare 17 days after revealing it.
Don’t let them tell you that TrumpCare was passed through anything but an undemocratic process.
People with pre-existing conditions are not guaranteed protection under TrumpCare. It was the ACA that, for the first time, blocked insurance companies from denying or charging people more because they had been sick. TrumpCare eliminates this guarantee.
TrumpCare would allow states to easily opt-out of the ACA’s protections. Insurers in any state that adopted this would be allowed to charge people with pre-existing conditions 10 or 20 times more than other people. The Congressional Budget Office estimates one in six people in the country would live in such a state.
Republicans are trying to make the case that high-risk pools will protect people with pre-existing conditions. This is false. High-risk pools aren’t a new–they’ve been tried before and they didn’t work. They usually have significantly higher premiums, lifetime limits, enrollment caps, waiting lists, and lock-out periods.
If Republicans are serious about protecting people with pre-existing conditions, they should vote against TrumpCare.
Many Americans would pay higher premiums under TrumpCare.