Written in secret, the U.S. Senate leadership is rushing through the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would have dire effects on the health of our families and the stability of our economy.
This bill would give giant tax breaks to billionaires, while taking health care away from women and children, communities of color, people in rural areas, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
The plan obliterates the Affordable Care Act and proposes a weak replacement that would make health insurance less affordable, less accessible, and less comprehensive.
It would even allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else.
On top of that, it slashes federal Medicaid funding, which funds nearly half the births in the U.S., health care for 10 million people with disabilities, and 70 percent of nursing home care. Our state’s budget would be crushed with the cost of trying to cover these critical needs.
No wonder this bill is already wildly unpopular. A recent NPR/PBS poll found that only 17 percent of Americans approve of this bill. I am not one of them.
Even President Donald Trump called a similar House bill “mean.”
Our families, our state, and our economy can’t afford the Senate’s health care plan. Urge our senators to vote “no” to this mean, vindictive bill.