Red alert! This is not a drill: Senate Republicans plan to hold a vote on a healthcare bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act, as early as Tuesday. Republicans don’t even know which version of the bill Sen. Mitch McConnell plans to bring to the floor for a vote, but it doesn’t really matter—they’re all bad.
The Republican plan would lead to tens of millions of Americans being left without health insurance and millions more confronting higher or prohibitive costs for less or no care. Trumpcare would gut Medicaid as we know it, a program that helps provide vital services to our most vulnerable, and remove protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. And sadly, in any version of the bill, the only tax left is the new one on employer-based healthcare. It doesn’t matter which version you’re looking at, Trumpcare is cruel and callous.
The Congressional Budget Office score released last Wednesday on the Senate Republicans’ “repeal and run” bill confirmed it would cause 32 million Americans to lose their insurance and cause premiums to double after 10 years. And the latest CBO report—released last Thursday on the latest version of the bill—made clear, once again, that no amount of tweaks, modifications or giveaways can change the fact that Trumpcare is rotten at its core and would leave millions of Americans worse off.
Whichever version of the healthcare bill Senate Republicans vote on this week, you can be sure it will be bad.
Senate Republicans should vote no on the motion to proceed and urge Majority Leader McConnell to hold real debate through the regular process, in committees, public hearings and on the floor—a process they have spurned.
Enough is enough. The ACA needed to be repaired, not repealed. It’s time for our elected officials to work in a bipartisan way to fix the ACA and pass real solutions to lower premiums, stabilize the market and improve coverage for millions of Americans.
The fight is not over. We must continue to keep up the pressure on Senate Republicans to reject any effort to repeal the ACA and urge them to cease the sabotage of our healthcare system. Write to them today.