Please call your Senators and Representatives right now (and tomorrow and the next day and the next) and insist that they take the necessary time to make today’s newly released healthcare bill the best healthcare bill possible. Playing politics by rushing this bill through when people’s lives are at stake is inexcusably unethical and we must remind our elected representatives of that.
The Senate just released its version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While the Senate’s version seems at first glance to be better than the version that passed the House of Representatives last month, it still removes important protections such as the Medicaid expansion and the madate that companies cover essential health benefits for elderly people, women, persons with disabilities, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell has invoked arcane Senate rules that will allow the AHCA not only to bypass a Democratic filibuster and pass with only 50 votes, but also will allow the AHCA to pass without being reviewed in Senate committee, without being amended by Democratic lawmakers, and without requiring more than a scant 20 hours of debate on the Senate floor before a vote is held. Certainly it is worth giving cooperation and bipartisanship a chance here. There is much room for the law to be strengthened to increase stability and lower costs. Before its passing in 2010, the Affordable Care Act was debated 100 times (many of those debates available for the public to view) and more than 100 amendments to the law were added by Republicans.
You can read the full draft bill here.
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