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Medicaid Expansion | Virginia vote | GOP Senate plan | Action kit |

September 2017: It's back. The Senate Republicans are making yet another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This version will also take away coverage from millions, cut the Medicaid program, would not protect those with pre-existing conditions.

New to this plan, Medicaid expansion and marketplace financial assistance would end in 2020, replaced by underfunded block grants. These block grants would end in 2026.

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We need to apply pressure on the Senators to stop passage

Action Kit to protect healthcare

Adapted from Families USA, September 2017 [Click item for more info]

1 Call your senators. 1-866-426-2631

2 Tag your senators in a tweet.

3 Meet directly with your Reps.

4 Email your senators. [Link to online form]

5 Write a letter to the Editor. [Link will walk you through]

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Republican Senators who expressed opposition to the Republican plan in the past:

All are from ACA Medicaid expansion states, said they want to ensure those covered won't be left in the cold.
  • Rob Portman (Ohio)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)
  • Cory Gardner (Colo.)
  • Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)8


    ACA Medicaid Expansion

    "A central goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by providing a continuum of affordable coverage options through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The ACA expands Medicaid coverage for most low-income adults to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL)..." —Kaiser Family Foundation 6

    Virginia & Medicaid Expansion

    "Despite the fact that the federal government has offered to pay nearly the entire cost of covering newly eligible people, only 31 states and the District have taken the bargain. Because of GOP opposition in the General Assembly, Virginia has been one of the holdouts." —Washington Post

    How did VA Delegates vote on Expansion?


    Medicare for all

    Medicare for all is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands." [4] More→

    On March 25, 2017, Bernie Sanders told constituents at a town hall meeting in Hardwick Saturday that he'll introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress "within a couple of weeks."




  • 23 M fewer people
    will have Health Insurance
    if the repeal of ACA passes

    —Congressional Budget Office

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    Constituents speak out to save ACA

    Jan 15, 2017, Alexandria rally to save health care



    Sources

    1. The Original Lie About Obamacare, David Leonhardt, NY Times, MARCH 14, 2017

    2. Rise Stronger Guide to Saving our Health Care. Ten steps that every american can take to save our health care.

    3. The Republican Healthcare Con, NY Times, Jan 21, 2017.

    4. What is Single Payer?, PNHP.org, March 24, 2017.

    5. How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office, Salon.com, March 22, 2017. "Rubio and a number of other Republicans had succeeded in gutting the risk corridors [That would make them whole Insurance company losses]. The result was that, just in 2015, end-of-fiscal-year risk corridor payments to insurance companies that were supposed to total around $2.9 billion were only reimbursed, according to Rubio himself quoted in the Times, to the tune of around $400 million. Rubio bragged that he’d “saved taxpayers $2.5 billion.”

    6. What Coverage and Financing is at Risk Under a Repeal of the ACA Medicaid Expansion?, Kaiser Family Foundation, Dec 06, 2016.

    7. Virginia Republicans Position-on-medicaid- expansion is indefensible, Washington Post, March 30, 2017.

    8. Lisa Murkowski, a crucial Senate swing vote, is very frustrated with AHCA, Dylan Scott, Vox, Jun 15, 2017.