A few weeks ago, the House passed the AHCA (aka TrumpCare, aka the American Health Care Act), which is terrible for reasons I’ve gone into before. (why it’s bad, why essential health benefits are good) The CBO scored the bill and estimated that 23 million people will lose their health care if the bill passes, and people with preexisting conditions may have to pay higher premiums (like, way higher). It is bad!
The Senate is now working on a health care bill – they say they’re going to “start from scratch”, so who knows what they’ll come up with. Also:
I've heard this from two additional sources. Make this recess count, folks. You have from now till June 5. https://t.co/oj4pQRfkaq
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) May 25, 2017
INTEL: Several GOP Senators have privately said this recess is the test – if they get blowback at home, they'll tell McConnell it's over.
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) May 25, 2017
Senators Cornyn and Cruz are both involved in this effort (per item 2 here) – let them know what you think!
I had a hard time thinking about what to say since it’s not as straightforward as “vote/don’t vote for this bill”, but the suggested text from that item is good:
“Hello, my name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. I know the Senator is on the working group of the new healthcare bill. The House’s plan is a disaster. The ACA isn’t perfect, but it has expanded access to coverage to millions of Americans. Does the Senator pledge that the new bill will allow those millions to keep their insurance, and will contain no loopholes for insurers to charge more for pre-existing conditions?”
The Senate is in recess this week so call today!