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Action Alert - American Health Care Act - 3/15/17

Call Rep. King:

Rep. King - LI Office: (516) 541-4225
Rep. King - DC Office: (202) 225-7896

 

ASK:

> Last week, Rep. King said that he was still reviewing the new GOP Health Bill, and that while he had some reservations, he didn’t have a firm opinion on the bill. Now that the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score is out, will Rep. King support this bill?

> Does he support throwing 24 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older low income Americans, while giving $600 billion in tax cuts to the wealthy?

> Does he support eliminating the mandate that covers basic mental health and addiction services?

> Does he realize that 1.3 million Americans receive treatment for mental-health and substance abuse disorders under the Medicaid expansion? Does he care that we have an opioid epidemic on LI?

> Rep. King has repeatedly told us constituents that he supports Medicaid expansion. 800,000 New Yorkers are covered because of Medicaid expansion. The AHA guts Medicaid, which is the primary payer for services for the elderly, chronically and seriously ill, and disabled. The AHA will end the federal dollars sent to states to expand Medicaid and cap spending on the federal-state program for the needy at per-patient limits by 2020. Does Rep. King support converting Medicaid to a per capita cap?

> Rep. King said that the bill in its current form will not affect Medicare. In reality, the AHA will repeal a .9% healthcare tax implemented by the Affordable Care Act on incomes above $200,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a couple. This tax and the revenue it generated extended the fiscal solvency of Medicare.  How will Rep. King address the decreased funding to Medicare as a result of the AHA?

> The bill has been condemned by many organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social Workers, and the American Nurses Association. Has Rep. King consulted healthcare providers in CD 2 who share these concerns?

> Many GOP Senators and Representatives have come out against the bill or at least voiced serious concerns about its viability. Will Rep. King join them?

> Can we count on Rep. King to put country before party and vote against the American Health Care Act?

 

BACKGROUND:

> The ACA included 161 Republican amendments passed over 6 months, while the new GOP plan made it out of committee in 2 days with zero Democratic amendments, and with no CBO (congressional budget office) score!

> We now know the CBO score and it is staggering – It states that 24 million Americans will lose coverage by 2026? The White House is projecting an even bigger loss at 26 million Americans!

> The bill guts Medicaid, halves the value of ACA’s insurance subsidies, and allows insurers to charge older Americans 500% more than they charge young Americans!

> Rep. King stated that the AHA would preserve protection for people with pre-existing conditions. Is the he aware that the bill proposes a 30% premium increase for 12 months if a person with a pre-existing condition is unable to maintain continuous coverage? Does he support this penalty?

> President Trump promised not to cut Medicaid or Medicare during the campaign. Voters cast their ballots based on that platform. The American Healthcare Act betrays this campaign promise. The American people did not vote for cuts to Medicaid.