JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11 am This week in Washington: ACA, Russian Involvement, The Supreme Court? My takeaway? 

Dear followers:

This Post was sent to me by my friend, Cathy Albisa at NESRI, detailing 5 reasons to vote against the proposed healthcare bill.  For more analysis  of the AHCA , please review my  previous Posts  and subscribe to the  Kaiser Family Foundation newsletter for additional comprehensive analysis of the proposal’s shortfalls.

Dear Joyce:

House Republicans have introduced their health care plan, a plan that would cause incredible harm in people’s lives. Their bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would lead 24 million people to lose health care coverage, including 14 million next year.

Here are five key takeaways about the AHCA:
1. The AHCA takes away people’s access to health care in order to give $464 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations. It is an enormous transfer of wealth and well-being from poor, working class and middle class people to the wealthy and to corporations.

2. The AHCA slashes Medicaid by $880 billion over the next decade — a 25% cut that pushes 14 million people out of the program. The cut comes in two forms: ending and slowly choking off Medicaid expansion and cutting federal Medicaid payments to states.

3. The AHCA cuts ACA subsidies and allows insurance plans to provide less coverage and raise out-of-pocket expenses, which hurts people who are poorer, sicker, and older the most. A 64-year-old with an annual income of $26,500 would see her subsidized premiums rise from $1,700 to $14,600 under the AHCA.

4. The AHCA guts reproductive health care and public health funding. The AHCA would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and prevent insurance plans that receive tax credits from covering abortion.  It also cuts programs that counsel 1.3 million folks with drug addiction problems.

5. The AHCA leaves the basic structure of the health care system in place, but deepens existing inequities and privatization. If implemented, the AHCA will force people to spend more than they can afford on coverage, obtain a cheaper and skimpier insurance option, or become uninsured.

Read more about how the AHCA will deepen the health care crisis and our piece covering the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the bill.
In solidarity,
The NESRI Team

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