Target: Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States Senate
Goal: Prevent passage of the American Health Care Act.
The health reform package known as the American Health Care Act is projected to substantially increase the number of uninsured in the United States. This comes after President Trump pledged repeatedly during his presidential campaign to provide “insurance for everybody.”
Per the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), over 14 million people will lose access to medical coverage in 2018, as states are forced to retract Medicaid programs in response to the dramatic funding cuts contained within the American Health Care Act. This number would grow to 24 million by 2026, with the total number of uninsured rising to 52 million. Essentially, it would represent a full circle return to a pre-Obamacare healthcare system in which vast swathes of the country are excluded from coverage. Proponents of the AHCA conveniently forget that prior to passage of health reform in 2010, over 45 million people were uninsured, healthcare costs were growing at an exponential rate and medical expenses were the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States.
Supporters of the American Health Care Act have attempted to undermine the CBO projections by citing its failure to accurately predict the number of enrollees in state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Press secretary Sean Spicer has stated that CBO projections are “consistently wrong.” While it is true that the CBO did not accurately predict the number of people who would gain coverage through state exchanges as opposed to Medicaid expansion, its forecast for the overall reduction in number of uninsured was accurate with 20 million newly insured.
A diverse group of Republican lawmakers have joined their Democratic counterparts in opposing the healthcare proposal in its current form. Several have cited the CBO report in stating their concerns that the bill would cut off access to Medicaid for thousands of constituents, signaling a bipartisan belief in its validity, and further casting doubt on the likelihood that the AHCA will be enacted into law. Please sign the below petition calling on congressional leadership to reject the American Health Care Act.
Dear Majority Leader McConnell,
I am writing to urge that the American Health Care Act be rejected by Congress in its current form. As you are aware, the Congressional Budget Office projects the AHCA would cause 14 million people to lose medical coverage in its first year alone. Overall support is clearly waning, as many within your own party have already signaled that they will vote against the bill.
Over 1.3 million of your constituents would be at risk for losing insurance coverage through Medicaid under the AHCA. You must realize that your stance on this issue will be remembered by your opponent and Kentucky voters in 2020.
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