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A Secret Bill, Unveiled

13 Republican, male senators have been secretly drafting their version of Trumpcare for the past few weeks. Yesterday, the full version of the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was released to the public (and to the rest of Congress). 

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R - KY) is insisting on a floor vote before the July 4th holiday.

WHAT'S THE DAMAGE?

Medicaid/Low Income  The bill begins Medicaid phase out in 2021, and cuts the program's budget by giving states a set amount to spend per person rather than the insurance program’s currently open-ended funding commitment.

Tax Cuts for the Rich | We all saw this coming. The Good Ol' Party sure loves the rich. This bill would get rid of Obamacare taxes, which made ACA expansion possible and hit the rich the hardest. 

Premiums | The Senate bill allows insurers to provide fewer benefits; bill also changes what percentage of costs an insurance plan must cover to 58 percent (ACA required 75 percent covered). This means more deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses and could increase these costs by 68 percent.

Senior Citizens | Older Americans who use the exchanges will be expected to pay a larger share of their income for health insurance. Those who make over 350 percent of the poverty line will now be expected pay full price.

Women | The bill defunds Planned Parenthood for a year (at least they are consistent...?); will bar the use of the bill's health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions; allows states to opt out of maternity leave (WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK); and will decrease Medicaid, which pays for HALF of the births in this country.

    GOOD NEWS

    Currently, 4 GOP Senators say they cannot vote for the bill (Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah). I never thought I would be happy with Ted Cruz, but here we are. It is a new whole new world.

    The Senate bill still requires insurance companies to accept all patients, regardless of how sick they might be or what preexisting conditions they have.

    ACTIONS

    Use this handy dandy tool from the ACLU to call your senators! Tell them to vote against this cruel bill!

    Script for Republicans

    Script for Democrats

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    Photo courtesy of Reuters.

    Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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