By Alex McVey, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, Twitter: @JAlexanderMcVey
Zombie Trumpcare is back, and it’s worse than ever. The new bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office score is in for the House’s version of the American Health Care Act, and it’s not looking good.
The GOP controlled house jammed through a vote before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the non-partisan organization responsible for studying legislation, was able to release its score on the bill.
Well, the score is in, and it’s worse than we thought.
Here’s the bottom line on the disastrous Trumpcare bill:
- The AHCA would increase the number of uninsured people by 23 million
- It allows insurers to price people with pre-existing conditions out of the market.
- It permits insurers to create exceptions in coverage for essential care like maternity services and mental health care
- Cuts $834 billion from Medcaid over ten years.
While the AHCA claims to improve health insurance premiums, it only helps people who are young and healthy. For the elderly, the sick, and the disabled, the AHCA is a health care nightmare. The primary beneficiaries of the GOP bill are the wealthy, who receive substantial tax breaks from this “Reverse Robin Hood" health plan.
Trumpcare would also be terrible for North Carolina. Estimates indicate that nearly 1.3 million North Carolinians would lose coverage under the AHCA. Elderly and rural North Carolinians would be hit hardest by the bill: thousands of elderly North Carolina citizens would be priced out of their insurance.
What can you do?
It’s clear that the GOP’s health care bill needs to be defeated. But that’s not enough.
There’s currently a vacuum of leadership in the debate on health care. While Obamacare was a good step forward in fixing America’s broken health care system, it didn’t go far enough to protect the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
Call Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.
Use the following script to let them know you oppose the AHCA, and want a health care policy that recognizes that health care as a human right.
“Hello, my name is _______ and I’m a North Carolina citizen from (zip code). I urge the Senator to vote against the AHCA, because it guts Medicaid and destroys protections for pre-existing conditions. Instead, I want the Senator to get on board with a Medicare for All system, and recognize that health care is a human right, not a commodity.”
Senator Richard Burr
- DC office - (202) 224-3154
- Winston Salem Office – (800) 685-8916
Senator Thom Tillis
- DC Office - (202) 224-6342
- Charlotte Office - 704-509-9087
- Raleigh Office (919) 856-4630