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The Bill That Wouldn't Die

As you may have heard, the Republicans are still attempting to force some mutant version of their "repeal and replace" healthcare bill through the House.

HOW?

Yesterday, the House voted to waive a rule known as "martial law," which required the House to wait at least one day before taking up a measure produced from the House Rules Committee. Waiving martial law is usually only used for tight deadlines, such as avoiding government shutdown.

ZOMBIE BILL UPDATE

Say goodbye to the stipulation that there shall be no coverage price hikes for those with pre-existing conditions.

On another note, 45 doesn't even know this stipulation was removed. In his recent interview with John Dickerson on Face the Nation, 45 said:

"Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, "Pre-existing is not covered." Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it."

Looks like this guy needs a real-time fact checker. Any volunteers? I know it would suck, but it would be a good community service opportunity for your resume.

It also looks like the pre-existing conditions clause is generating too much opposition to the bill in the House. It is worthwhile to note that about 27% of the population has a pre-existing condition. According to a Kaiser study, being a woman sucks even more without protections against cost inflation for such. The estimated spike in premiums for pregnancy is $17k more per year. For breast cancer, premiums cost $28k more per year.

ACTIONS

Let's remind our elected representatives who they work for, and what we want.

The American people are in support of the pre-existing conditions coverage clause. Maybe point your House member to this recent Politico poll, showing that 52% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans oppose allowing states to opt-out of requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. If that's not a reason to vote against this terrible bill, I don't know what is.

Find your representatives here, or fax them using FaxZero.

As always, see a full list of how to contact your officials here on Couch Activism.

If you want to just yell at Paul Ryan (pictured below), feel free to use this contact page to do that. (I would suggest making up a district address, or using his non-constituent form here.)

Photo from the Huffington Post.

Photo from the Huffington Post.

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