The Obamacare Repeal Bill is Catastrophically Bad. And The Numbers Prove It.

Last week, House leadership rushed its Obamacare repeal bill through two committees less than 48 hours after it became public, despite calls from Republicans and Democrats to slow the process down.

Now we know why they were in such a rush.

On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its official analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bottom line? Twenty-four million people will lose insurance coverage by 2026. And $880 billion of federal Medicaid funding will disappear over 10 years.

Tell Congress: Don't repeal the ACA

This bears repeating: 24 million people and $880 billion gone from those most in need.

Why, you ask, is it this bad? First, the bill attacks people's ability to purchase private insurance. It eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies that allow individuals and families to afford health plans in the ACA’s marketplaces, replacing them with tax credits that favor the wealthy.

Second, it guts Medicaid to the tune of $880 billion over the next decade. It starts by phasing out the Medicaid expansion, which allowed millions of low-income people who previously couldn’t qualify for Medicaid to access basic preventive care and allowed individuals with disabilities to work without losing their health benefits. But most significantly, it would permanently restructure the Medicaid program and upend the current state-federal partnership by implementing per capita caps — meaning that states would only receive up to a fixed amount of federal funding per beneficiary. The result would be a dramatic decrease in federal investments that will impact Medicaid patients as well as health care providers.

This would, in short, destroy our nation’s safety net for health care. It would hurt anyone struggling to get by. And the impact on people with disabilities, women, and LGBT people would be particularly dire.

People with disabilities: Restructuring Medicaid with per capita caps would badly damage the ability of states to serve seniors and people with disabilities, particularly the almost 600,000 now on waiting lists to access community-based services. Even worse, since Medicaid does not allow states to limit enrollment in nursing homes and institutions, the brunt of these cuts will fall on in-home care. If passed into law, the AHCA will force states to dramatically cut back the home and community-based services that allow children and adults with disabilities to stay in their own homes and lead independent lives instead of nursing homes. These services are not covered by private insurance and are paid for predominantly by the Medicaid program. If Congress succeeds in implementing a plan to end Medicaid as we know it, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities will be at risk of institutionalization or loss of support. The cuts to Medicaid would also severely impact children with disabilities because many states use Medicaid dollars to provide services in children’s special educations plans under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Women: Women who lose their insurance coverage, either through the insurance markets or Medicaid, will lose access to birth control and other necessary preventive care that the ACA guaranteed. Access to birth control enables women to pursue education and careers and to plan whether and when to have children, empowering them to lead full and healthy lives. The bill also attacks abortion access by banning the use of tax credits for insurance policies that cover abortion beyond life endangerment, rape, or incest. This would push insurance companies to exclude abortion coverage from their plans and could virtually eliminate abortion coverage in the private insurance market, leaving women without the option to buy a comprehensive plan.

The AHCA would also "defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking Medicaid patients from seeking care at Planned Parenthood health centers, denying many low-income women lifesaving preventive care like breast exams, cancer screenings, STI tests and treatment, and birth control. As a result, Planned Parenthood health centers, which 2.5 million people rely on for care every year, may be forced to close their doors. The CBO estimates that the bill’s defunding provision would restrict access to services that help women avert pregnancy, particularly for women in low-income communities that lack other health care providers.

LGBT people: The bill would also add additional barriers to care for LGBT people. LGBT people are less likely to have insurance, and they are at greater risk for HIV and even some cancers. LGBT older adults in particular face more health disparities and are more likely to be poor than other older Americans. By weakening Medicaid and making health insurance coverage unaffordable, the AHCA would leave many LGBT people without coverage and increased health disparities. Additionally, because Planned Parenthood welcomes LGBT patients and provides critical preventive care and sex education, blocking Medicaid patients from Planned Parenthood health centers would hit the LGBT community particularly hard, especially transgender people. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers of health care for trans people in the nation.

It’s no wonder that more and more Republicans are publicly voicing concern about the bill since the CBO report’s release. So far, President Trump has made no attempt to reconcile the bill’s massive cuts with his promise not to cut Medicaid during his campaign. And Speaker Paul Ryan still wants to bring this bill to the House floor next week, despite the growing opposition from all sides.

The good news is that there’s still time to stop this incredibly destructive bill. Tell Congress now: Oppose the ACA repeal bill.

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An eg. of useless medicine where people accept what is said without challenging is actress Ariel Winter Workman (never seen Modern Family) getting breast mutilation surgery though there are other ways to treat back pain without mutilation. Possibly actress Ariel Winter Workman wants to become a man as she got her boobs mutilated.

Never seen her TV show, but this woman is a fake. I'm against breast reduction surgeries & I'm against breast augmentations. If a woman has naturally nice big boobs, then that is good. There is nothing wrong with a woman having small boobs. Most men want a woman with natural boobs-small, medium or big vs. a woman with fake boobs. What this woman did is mutilation.

If it were a diseases like breast cancer, then it would be right to do surgery. But she did not have breast cancer-she mutilated her boobs & there are other ways to treat things such as back pain or migraines besides mutilation. Besides, women can naturally grow or reduce breast size by weight, in that women who lose weight also lose breast size.

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An eg. of useless medicine where people accept what is said without challenging is actress Ariel Winter Workman (never seen Modern Family) getting breast mutilation surgery though there are other ways to treat back pain without mutilation. Possibly actress Ariel Winter Workman wants to become a man as she got her boobs mutilated. As I understand, Modern Family supports mutilation surgeries and Ariel Winter Workman has spent too much time trying to justify her mutilation.

Women incl. this 1 who get breast surgeries (either reductions or augments) do so because they aren't happy with their body. Women who get implants complain that their boobs are small while women who get reductions complain that others comment about their big boobs. Women who get these surgeries do that because they aren't happy with their bodies & surgeons make alot of money doing them. Most women are happy with their boobs & women with big boobs brag about how they have good genes.

Have found also that most women who have big boobs are usually heavy, with BBW having big. Thin women usually have small boobs , so women can naturally grow or reduce breast size by weight, in that women who lose weight also lose breast size. Breast size can increase or decrease such as pregnancy (incr.), breast feeding (decr.) & post womenopausal women lose breast size because of estrogen loss. & there are other ways to treat things such as back pain or migraines besides mutilation. Truth is most men want women with natural boobs-big, medium or small with nothing surgical.

Anonymous

I know women with big boobs and have been with them close. Though not always the case, women with big boobs usually are overweight, while thin women usually have smaller boobs. Surgeons who do breast surgeries are in it for business and to make money & of course, the Drs. justify this. Medicine is a business like other things. There are many ways to treat back pain and migraines without breast surgery, but Drs. recommend the surgery because they make more money.

& not all the women getting breast reduction surgeries are busty-there are women with smaller size boobs who get breast reduction surgery. Too often people accept what a Dr. says without challenging. They admit that 20% of hysterectomies are not needed but it wouldn't be surprising if the # of hysterectomies which are not needed is higher such as 25%, 30% or 35%, while only admitting that 20% are not needed. For same reason, most breast surgeries are not needed but are done because the women are not happy with their boob size.

Actress Ariel Winter Workman has tried to justify her breast mutilation incl. the scars reading her in past on People and US Magazine. It sounds to me like she wasn't happy with her body & I think there were other ways to treat her back pain but they recommended surgery to her @ 17 years old for money. Ariel Winter Workman (never seen Modern Family) getting breast mutilation surgery though there are other ways to treat back pain without mutilation. Possibly actress Ariel Winter Workman wants to become a man as she got her boobs mutilated. As I understand, Modern Family supports mutilation surgeries and Ariel Winter Workman has spent too much time trying to justify her mutilation.

If it were a diseases like breast cancer, then it would be right to do surgery. But she did not have breast cancer-she mutilated her boobs & there are other ways to treat things such as back pain or migraines besides mutilation. Besides, women can naturally grow or reduce breast size by weight, in that women who lose weight also lose breast size.

Anonymous

in another post, some1 got mad in replying to me when I said that most breast reduction surgeries are not needed but are done for money. There are many ways to treat back pain and migraines without surgery. Losing alot of weight helps back pain, knee pain, etc.

Robin Ophelia Quivers (Howard A. Stern's side disc jockey) talked about how in 1990 she had reduction surgery and her boobs grew back. Black women on average have bigger boobs, though there are White women with big boobs. My guess is that Robin O. Quivers regrets her breast reduction surgery and thinks it was not needed. The surgeon who mutilated Robin O. Quivers did that for money.

Ariel Winter Workman (never seen Modern Family) getting breast mutilation surgery though there are other ways to treat back pain without mutilation. Possibly actress Ariel Winter Workman wants to become a man as she got her boobs mutilated. As I understand, Modern Family supports mutilation surgeries and Ariel Winter Workman has spent too much time trying to justify her mutilation.

Women incl. this 1 who get breast surgeries (either reductions or augments) do so because they aren't happy with their body. Women who get implants complain that their boobs are small while women who get reductions complain that others comment about their big boobs. Women who get these surgeries do that because they aren't happy with their bodies & surgeons make alot of money doing them. Most women are happy with their boobs & women with big boobs brag about how they have good genes.

Have found also that most women who have big boobs are usually heavy, with BBW having big. Thin women usually have small boobs , so women can naturally grow or reduce breast size by weight, in that women who lose weight also lose breast size. Breast size can increase or decrease such as pregnancy (incr.), breast feeding (decr.) & post womenopausal women lose breast size because of estrogen loss. & there are other ways to treat things such as back pain or migraines besides mutilation. Truth is most men want women with natural boobs-big, medium or small with nothing surgical.

I know women with big boobs and have been with them close. Though not always the case, women with big boobs usually are overweight, while thin women usually have smaller boobs. Surgeons who do breast surgeries are in it for business and to make money & of course, the Drs. justify this. Medicine is a business like other things. There are many ways to treat back pain and migraines without breast surgery, but Drs. recommend the surgery because they make more money.

& not all the women getting breast reduction surgeries are busty-there are women with smaller size boobs who get breast reduction surgery. Too often people accept what a Dr. says without challenging. They admit that 20% of hysterectomies are not needed but it wouldn't be surprising if the # of hysterectomies which are not needed is higher such as 25%, 30% or 35%, while only admitting that 20% are not needed. For same reason, most breast surgeries are not needed but are done because the women are not happy with their boob size.

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