By Rosana Garcia
Less than two weeks from the announcement that the GOP and the President were “walking away” from repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, we hear that Vice President Pence presented a new health care offer to the Freedom Caucus.
While there is no drafted legislation, and few details, as far as we can tell, the latest changes would make the American Health Care Act (AHCA) worse, not better.
The major changes being proposed?
- Make pre-existing condition protections meaningless. Insurers would be able to charge much higher premiums to cover people with pre-existing conditions (this article reminds us of what “pre-existing condition” means to insurance companies)
- Drop requirements that insurance plans cover Essential Health Benefits, (which include these ten health care services, including prescription drugs and maternity coverage)
Overnight, reports are that there is not enough support in the House to push for a vote this week.
The bottom line: repeal and replace is not dead, and the proposals are only getting worse.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Call your Representative in Congress (Don’t know who they are? Look it up here!)
- Thank them for protecting our health care, and tell them to keep at it!
- Tell them your health care story, and what these changes would mean for you.
Getting in touch with your Representative:
Rosa DeLauro: DC Office – (202) 225-3661 | New Haven Office – (203) 562-3718
Elizabeth Esty: DC Office – (202) 225-4476 | New Britain Office – (860) 223-8412
Jim Himes: DC Office – (202) 225-5541 | Bridgeport Office – (203) 333-6600 or (866) 453-0028 | Stamford Office – (203) 353-9400
Joe Courtney: DC Office – (202) 225-2076 | Norwich Office – (860) 886-0139 | Enfield Office – (860) 741-6011
John Larson: DC Office – (202) 225-2265 | Hartford Office – (860) 278-8888
This is why protecting people’s health care is so important. This is Stuart’s story:
For a deeper dive into recent events:
- A Horrible GOP Health Bill is About to Get Much, Much Worse (Ron Pollack, Apr 4, Frontline of Health Policy and Politics)
- Schrödinger’s AHCA: The GOP health bill seems simultaneously alive and dead (Andrew Prokop, Apr 4, Vox)
- Centrists push back on new ObamaCare repeal plan (Peter Sullivan & Jessie Hellmann, Apr 4, The Hill)
- Late-night ObamaCare meeting leaves no signs of progress (Peter Sullivan & Jessie Hellman, Apr 4, The Hill)