May 4, 2017
House Vote Scheduled Today on the American Health Care Act
Take action now to protect vulnerable Americans from losing their health insurance and continue funding for vital public health services.
Call House Speaker Ryan: 202.225.0600
Use these talking points:
- The American Health Care Act takes us back to the days when states rationed health care through underfunded high risk pools with long waiting lists, high premiums, and inadequate coverage for those who were sick.
- Rather than close the gap and eliminate the rate of uninsured children in America, the current proposal will ration the health care America’s most vulnerable children receive and undermine the ability of districts to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities and students in poverty.
- The American Health Care Act would allow insurers to charge more to people who are sick, leading to premium increases upwards of tens of thousands of dollars for coverage that is unlikely to meet their health care needs.
Millions to be left without health insurance; Preexisting conditions protections dismantled
Republicans in the House of Representatives are forcing a vote on the American Health Care Act today, Thursday May 4, 2017.
Through late night negotiations House leadership believes they have the votes to get this bill through the House and on to the Senate. The latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) keeps all of the bad provisions of the original AHCA package including the $880 billion cuts to Medicaid and plans to strip more than 20 million people of their health insurance.
As if that were not bad enough, added to the AHCA this time around are provisions that would allow states to gut the main consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act and return to a time when insurers could discriminate against those with preexisting conditions, charging thousands of dollars more in premiums for plans that will not meet their needs, and ration health care via high risk insurance pools with long waiting lists.
The bill would also repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) after 2019 and revoke unobligated funds in Fiscal Year 2018. This would result in an immediate elimination of more than 10 percent of the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the Prevention and Public Health Fund were repealed, states would lose more than $3 billion in funds they rely on to prevent chronic disease, stop the spread of infectious diseases and invest in community prevention activities.
Advocates need to call, tweet at members and blast their members of Congress’ emails once again.
Contact: Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA | 202.408.9804 | email@example.com