Paul Ryan and the Republicans have set a vote on Trumpcare for tomorrow at 1 p.m. As of this moment, they do not have the votes, but they are very close and expect to have them by the time the vote rolls around. Even if it passes in the House, it will face an uphill battle in the Senate, where it is expected to be changed.
Nevertheless, the framework for Trumpcare is downright immoral. If you live in a district with a Republican representative, please call her or him and insist that they vote against.
If Trumpcare passes, here’s a taste of what we can expect:
— In all, the bill would cut $1 trillion in healthcare funding, almost all of which would go to the top 2 percent of income earners in the form of a tax cut
— Conservative estimates suggest that 24 million people would lose health insurance by 2026
— Even those who could stay on their Obamacare plans would have to pay significantly more and receive far less benefits
— It cuts the Obamacare’s Medicaid expansions by $880 billion, covering 14 million fewer people
— The MacArthur Amendment would allow states to decide whether or not insurance would be required to provide coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. Under the new bill, pre-existing conditions would include — among other things — domestic violence, sexual assault, a C-section, asthma, and postpartum depression.
— Those with pre-existing conditions could see astronomical hikes in premiums.
Under this amendment, here are est hikes in premiums for ppl w/:— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) May 2, 2017
Cancer: $140k! pic.twitter.com/doGukuaNCc
— It sets up high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions. It’s setting aside $115 billion to fund the high-risk pools. The Center for American Progress estimates that $315 billion is needed to adequately cover those in need.
— It’s opposed by basically everyone: American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, AARP, hospitals, doctors, and patients.
— Congress will be exempted from the pre-existing conditions provisions.