Campaign promises to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something “much better” couldn’t be further from the truth. The changes to the ACA that were just revealed by Republican leaders of Congress will have devastating consequences for LGBT people and many others.
Your help is needed now to protect healthcare for the most vulnerable in our community.
Before Congress approved the ACA, LGBT people—who are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and cancer—were more likely to be uninsured. Today, because the uninsured rate is an all-time low, LGBT people are much more likely to have the care they desperately need. The proposed changes to the ACA will make it much more difficult or impossible for low-income people to afford health insurance, with life-threatening results.
Under the new scheme, people who are unable to afford coverage for any period of time will be forced to pay a 30 percent higher premium when they re-enroll for coverage, making healthcare even less affordable for those who are struggling. But, for the wealthiest Americans, the plan offers a massive tax giveaway. And because the new proposal eliminates the requirement to have coverage, the smaller pool of insured people is sure to result in a big spike in premiums.
Especially alarming is the fact that the new scheme eliminates mental health and substance abuse treatment. That’s not only harmful to individuals directly impacted, but to the safety and wellness of our entire society.
Women and seniors are particularly threatened. Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care will no longer be covered. Planned Parenthood, which provides life-saving health care every day for women, will be defunded. And seniors will be charged up to five times as much for the same coverage as someone who is younger.
The time to act to help stop the so-called “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) is now. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives plan to pass it in just three weeks, sending it to the Senate for a quick floor vote. No hearings. No amendments. No choice.
In every way that counts, we as individuals…as families…as communities…as states…and as a nation cannot afford this plan. Act now to #SaveACA.
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March 8, 2017