The draft of the Senate healthcare legislation is finally out and it is even worse than the House version. It retains nearly all of the mean-spirited provisions of the House bill–a bill that Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern called “so cartoonishly malicious that I can picture someone twirling their mustache as he drafted it in his secret Capitol lair”— while cutting Medicaid so sharply that it will eventually end the program as we know it.
One in five American rely on Medicaid, including two thirds of all senior citizens living in nursing homes. Under the Senate Bill, all of the additional coverages achieved under the ACA would be wiped out by 2024.
But that’s not all. The Bill would limit the subsidies available to purchase insurance on an exchange, allow insurers to charge older Americans up to five times the amount that younger Americans pay and will make it easier for employers to cut insurance benefits or eliminate it altogether.
The Bill permanently eliminates all taxes that the ACA levied on high income Americans and healthcare corporations while retaining the hated Cadillac Tax on decent employment-based health plans that many working families rely on. In fact, the main goal of the Senate Bill is to fund tax cuts for the rich by depriving millions of vulnerable Americans of their healthcare.
Economist Dean Baker declared that, “Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate don’t give a damn about health care. This is about getting $600 million in tax cuts for the people who pay for their campaigns and will offer them jobs as high paid lobbyists when they leave office.”
The Senate will vote on the Bill as early as next week. If the Senate passes it, it is likely that the House will approve it and President Trump will sign it.
The AFL-CIO has set up a hotline to call your Senators by dialing 1-888-865-8089. And the Center for American Progress has provided a Trumpcare Toolkit that makes it easy for you to contact swing vote Senators and reach out to your own Facebook friends in swing vote states.
Tell the Senators that they will be held accountable for this outrageous smash and loot healthcare legislation. Tell them we need more healthcare not less. Tell them we need Medicare for All!