Target: Donald Trump and Paul Ryan
Goal: Stop efforts to deny medical coverage for millions of hard working Americans.
Republicans have released their ideas for “replacing” the Affordable Care Act and the results are grim. The Paul Ryan – Donald Trump plan would rip medical coverage away from millions of hard working Americans, leaving them just one unforeseen accident or illness away from financial ruin.
Over 12 million individuals have gained medical coverage under Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Ryan-Trump plan would put all of these people at grave risk. The plan would phase out the additional resources provided through the ACA and cap federal funding for Medicaid services. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation warned that a rigid federal financing system may force states to dramatically cut Medicaid enrollment and services.
A second driver of expanded access to health insurance under the ACA has been the ability for individuals to purchase government-subsidized policies through state exchanges. Nearly 13 million people signed up for subsidized insurance in 2017. The Ryan-Trump proposal calls for subsidies to be awarded based on age instead of income. This would unfairly benefit older individuals at the upper level of the income scale, while in most cases reducing the amount of subsidy available to those who need it most. For example, if Bill Gates were to lose employer-sponsored coverage, he would by default receive a larger subsidy than any younger middle class person.
The Affordable Care Act has not been perfect, but taking away medical coverage from millions of Americans is greedy and inhumane. Sign the below petition demanding Republican lawmakers stop trying to leave millions of hard working Americans without medical care.
Dear President Trump and Speaker Ryan,
I am writing to demand that you revisit the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The reduction in federal support for Medicaid programs and transition to a tax credit allowance system based on age, not income, are two components which would threaten to leave millions without access to medical coverage.
Tens of thousands of citizens have publicly declared their concerns regarding the future of healthcare in town hall meetings across the country. Ripping medical coverage away from millions of hard working Americans is not only immoral, but it’s unAmerican.
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