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Take Action: Call on Members of Congress to Protect Our Health Care!

March 13, 2017

ISSUE: Last week, House Republicans introduced a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. "Obamacare") -- and passed it in both the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees. As anticipated, the bill (called the "American Health Care Act," or AHCA) is packed with giveaways to the rich -- those with incomes over $1 million would save $157 billion in taxes over the next decade -- while implementing changes to Medicaid funding that would result over time in millions losing health care coverage and roughly 1.3 million people losing substance abuse and mental health services. This bill serves as congressional Republicans' vehicle to defund Planned Parenthood.

It would also jeopardize coverage for people with pre-existing conditions: While the bill forbids insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, it does nothing to guarantee that coverage will be affordable to low- and middle-income people. Rates could also go up significantly for older people. Republicans in Congress plan on pushing the bill through as quickly as possible, before analysis on the long-term costs and how it would impact the number of people covered. The Rules committee is scheduled to vote on it on March 20, and it could move to the House floor for a vote by March 23.

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"Hello, my name is ____ and I'm a constituent of Representative/Senator ____ in zip code ____. I'm calling to express my opposition to the new Republican health care bill that is currently in the House. The bill will cause millions of people like me to lose access to coverage and could make coverage far more expensive, especially for older people and people with preexisting conditions. This is unacceptable. Any new health care policy should result in more people being covered at lower cost with better coverage; this bill would do the exact opposite. I strongly urge Rep./Sen. _____ to vote NO on this bill and to work to improve upon the Affordable Care Act, rather than gutting its protections for low-income people and people with preexisting conditions."

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