Demand Nonpartisan Assessment of Obamacare Replacement Before it is Enacted

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Ensure the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is financially viable and cost effective before enacting it.

The proposed replacement for Obamacare (which many are referring to as Trumpcare) is expected to result in what a New York Times columnist called “a death spiral of soaring premiums and collapsing coverage.” However, the bill is being rushed through to enactment before any policy experts (even conservative ones) have been consulted, and before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office can assess its potential effects or even how much it will ultimately cost.

Trumpcare does not do what the Republican campaign platform promised — a complete dismantling of the ACA and a great replacement that will provide insurance for everyone — and instead keeps the basic structure of Obamacare in place while fatally weakening the key provisions that make it viable. It will do away with the taxes on the rich that help make healthcare affordable, use age instead of need and income to determine whether people receive financial assistance in paying for a healthcare plan, and will result in extremely high costs for the elderly and anyone with pre-existing conditions.

The “death spiral” is expected because there is no longer a provision requiring that Americans have insurance, so as healthy Americans withdraw from the program, prices go up for the sick, causing more healthy people to withdraw, and a continuing cycle with no more subsidies to offset the continually rising costs. It is likely to cause a collapse of America’s healthcare system, and it must not be enacted before its effects can be properly assessed. Sign below to prevent a hasty and extremely dangerous enactment of this catastrophic bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Ryan,

Healthcare is an extremely important issue in this country, and a replacement for Obamacare cannot be entered into lightly and hastily. The current proposal for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act could be catastrophic for this country.

As it currently stands, the replacement program is not expected to be stable or financially viable. Before this bill is enacted, it must be properly assessed by the Congressional Budget Office. This bill will drastically affect the lives of millions of people; I urge you to approach it with the thoroughness and care it deserves, and live up to your responsibilities to the people of this country. Please do not enact this bill before its effects and costs are properly assessed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Trump’s blatant incompetence is leading us down the road to Disaster!!!!

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