Their second try is even worse than the first, and if a bill comes up, we’ll be issuing an urgent Take Action Alert. For now, know this:
- An ABC-Washington Post poll released on Tuesday shows that approximately 8 in 10 Democrats, 7 in 10 Independents, and a majority of Republicans want the ACA’s federal protections for pre-existing conditions to stay. In the same survey, 79% of respondents believe Trump should make the ACA work as well as possible, rather than try to make it fail.
- In another blow to GOP efforts, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows 50% of Americans have little to no confidence that a Republican-led repeal will make things better.
- Even John Kasich said on CBS This Morning that repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion would “devastate people” in his state.
The latest Trumpcare proposal is even harsher, harms more Americans, and cuts taxes for the wealthiest of Americans. Republicans want to take us back a decade, to a time before the passage of the ACA, when people with pre-existing conditions were turned down by insurance companies and millions of Americans could not afford healthcare coverage.
Despite the bill being defeated twice already and Americans across the country protesting it, Republicans are trying to pull a fast one by masking, in the form of waivers to be granted to states, some of their most egregious efforts to gut the ACA:
#1 – The latest Trumpcare deal still allows Republicans to take away essential health benefits from Americans by allowing the states to waive those protections.
#2 – The latest Trumpcare deal lets insurers jack up premiums for people with pre-existing conditions by allowing states to waive the ACA’s “community rating” provision.
#3 – The latest Trumpcare deal would cause even more Americans to lose coverage than the last Trumpcare bill. Insurance would become so unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions that it would likely push people off coverage entirely.
#4 – This new deal preserves the AHCA’s phase-out the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, leaving 14 million fewer people on the program, while also saying nothing of the bill’s massive tax cuts for the wealthy.