Actions you can take today
ACTION#1: Call Bruce Rauner - Tell him to publicly oppose the proposed the $800 billion cuts to Medicaid. 2.9 million Illinoisans rely on this life saving program – cuts will especially harm:
Action #2: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to do something to stop advance of Senate healthcare bill
Action #3: Send an email with personal story asking Senators Durbin and Duckworth to withhold consent and fight ACA repeal.
Tools you can use
Action #1: Call Bruce Rauner - Tell him to publicly oppose the proposed the $800 billion cuts to Medicaid
Governor Rauner: 312-814-2121
Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to publicly oppose the proposed $800 billion dollar cuts to medicaid. 2.9 million Illinois residents depend on medicaid, especially seniors, babies, veterans and the disabled. These cuts are immoral and I'm asking the governor to speak out against them.
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ACTION #2 Call Senators Durbin about ACA repeal
(In the event of updates or corrections throughout the day, check the website for latest scripts)
Durbin DC number: 202-224-2152
Durbin Chicago Office: (312) 353-4952
Duckworth DC number: 202-224-2854
Duckworth Chicago Office:(312) 886-3506
Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator __________. I'm calling to ask what the Senator is doing to stop the Senate Republicans from passing a bill to repeal ACA in secret? I'm asking the Senator to do whatever he can to stop this bill from moving forward, including withholding consent and speaking out on the Senate floor.
ACTION #3: Send and email to the legislative aides in charge of Health Care (you can do this AND call)
Send an email asking the Senators to do something to stop the Senate Healthcare bill, including withholding consent to slow the Senate proceedings. If you are sending an email, make it personal. You or someone you know is impacted by ACA repeal, so make that known. Here are the ten worst things about Trumpcare to get you thinking.
Why Today's Action is Important
ACTION#1: Call Bruce Rauner about Medicaid Cuts
Illinois will be among those hit the hardest by the Medicaid cuts. Because of our state’s historically low spending on Medicaid enrollees, putting a cap on our federal funding is an especially bad deal for Illinois. If the Medicaid per capita cap went into effect, Illinois would have to find savings in our program to make up for the loss of funding. This means:
- Rationing care for low-income people, including children with special health care needs and frail seniors;
- Defunding efforts to address public health crises like the opioid epidemic;
- Jeopardizing the health coverage of veterans – 1 out of 10 veterans depend on Medicaid for coverage; and
- Harming communities of color who, because of a long history of oppression and discrimination, face persistent health disparities.
The Problems with AHCA
(Thanks to Kate Monkus for writing this)
In spite of disingenuous rhetoric of “consumer choice,” and “healthy competition” the AHCA is at it’s core, a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the poor and elderly, as this stark graphic from the LA Times shows. (The full article is an easy to read comparison between the ACA and AHCA.)
The Republicans tout a Federal deficit savings of $118.7 billion by 2026 under the AHCA. This is based largely on the roll-back in Medicare and reduction tax subsidies that currently allow more people to afford health insurance. The assumptions do not include the costs which fall to the states. In Illinois, which is already facing an unprecedented financial crisis, the passage of AHCA will have a crippling effect on our economy and our fellow citizens. Not only will the most vulnerable lack real access to health care, but providers will have to look at reducing services and staff; and possible closure of hospitals and clinics. The reduction in social and health services providers is already a reality in Illinois. Passage of the AHCA will make that worse.
Regardless of how you feel about the impending repeal of the ACA; you should be outraged at the charade of democracy that defines the GOP efforts on the AHCA. Thirteen men are meeting behind closed doors to create legislation that will impact the entire United States and an industry that representing 1/6th of our economy. GOP leadership have already indicated that the Senate Bill will not be released publically prior to being presented for a vote - a repeat of the machinations the House Republicans used to ram their version of the AHCA through on partisan lines.
No piece of legislation as sweeping and impactful as the AHCA should be brought to a vote without clear transparency, expert evaluation and public input. Healthcare stakeholders from the AMA and AHA to the AARP have taken positions against the AHCA, yet the Republican Administration continues to move forward without even engaging with their own colleagues. It is imperative that voters let each MOC know that we are watching, and that we are angry about the disregard for transparent, democratic governance.
The AHCA would:
Take away access to healthcare for an estimated 13 to 23 million Americans
Cut $834 billion in Medicaid spending and eliminate funds for Medicaid expansion by 2026.
Increase insurance costs for poorer, older, rural Americans although younger, healthier metropolitan Americans may see a decrease in insurance premiums.
Remove the tax penalty for not having health insurance. However, consumers could face a 30% premium increase should their coverage lapse for any reason.
Removes consumer protections, effectively allowing higher premiums for older and sicker individuals and permitting waivers that could reimpose annual and lifetime caps.
Weakens access for Women’s health care services by providing Insurance providers waivers from contraception and maternity care, and exempting Medicaid payments for these services. Additionally, the legislation bars Medicaid payments to any clinic providing abortion services whether or not that is the service provided to the patient.
End most of the taxes paid by corporations and wealthy households set up under the ACA to subsidize the program but does not include any offset for the lost revenue.
The bottom line is that AHCA provides less coverage and a higher cost to most Americans. At it worst, it deprives the most vulnerable true access to affordable, quality health care. The Republican Administration has adopted the President’s regressive, short-term vision of “Winning” over Governing. We need to urge our Senators to speak up loudly and resist.