LEGISLATIVE UPDATES –
Moving forward, it is important to remember that there will be aggressive efforts by the President and his allies in Congress to find other ways to undermine the ACA. For example, cuts in Medicaid are contemplated in the House budget along with attempts to turn Medicaid allocations into block grants. We will be vigilantly tracking these efforts and let you know how to apply pressure to ensure there is no damage done. Significantly, we would applaud a bi-partisan effort, as described by Senator McCain, to make truly effective improvements to the law.
We urge you to pay close attention to the votes and positions of your senators and representatives at both the national and state level and advocate accordingly. We will keep you informed of new developments on our web page. Our Facebook page, however, is an excellent place to go for the most immediate updates. We also urge you to get involved with various advocacy networks in your local communities like Citizens Action and to sign up for advocacy updates by denominations and the National Council of Churches.
MEDICAID AND VETERANS:
Vote Vets and Families USA did a webinar in late May to help us understand how many vets depend on Medicaid. You can view the full recording of the webinar here. Below are more resources mentioned on the call. These include:
- Cutting Medicaid Would Hurt Veterans[Families USA report]
- States Can Give Back to Veterans by Expanding Medicaid[Families USA blog]
- Veteran’s Saw Broad Coverage Gains Between 2013 and 2015[The Urban Institute]
- Veterans and Their Family Members Gain Coverage Under the ACA, but Opportunities to Make More Progress Remain[The Urban Institute]
Misrepresentations about Congressional Budget Office Report and Repeal of Affordable Care Act
Here are a series of videos and fact sheet highlighting the GOP’s misrepresentations about health care repeal and the CBO score. The release and digital resources are below.
- Save My Care’s video featuring House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s lies are here and here.
- Save My Care’s video featuring Speaker Ryan’s lies, is here.
- Digital CBO Tool kit
LIE: “We are going to have a great pool for pre-existing conditions.” – President Donald Trump (The Economist, 3/17/17)
TRUTH: The CBO found that even moderate changes to market regulations ‘substantially increase the out-of-pocket costs’ for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
LIE: While we’re setting the record straight: the bill was posted online a month ago, went through 4 committees, & has been scored by CBO – twice. – AshLee Strong, Spokesperson for Speaker Ryan (Twitter, 5/6/17)
TRUTH: Congressional Republicans voted to pass the bill on May 4th, 20 days ago. The CBO score on the bill they passed on May 4th just came out.
Costs For People With Pre-Existing Conditions
LIE: “We protect pre-existing conditions. Yes, we really do. Show me, one point. We have guaranteed issue in here.” – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (CNN, 5/4/17)
TRUTH: The CBO found that under health care repeal people with pre-existing conditions would be ‘unable to purchase comprehensive non-group health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all’. For Americans with pre-existing conditions in states that waive community ratings, ‘premiums would be so high in some areas that the plans would have no enrollment.’
LIE: “We’re not taking a benefit away. Nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (CNN, 5/4/17)
TRUTH: The CBO projects that health care repeal will culminate in 14 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026.
LIE: “The premiums are going to be low, the deductibles are going to be low.” – President Donald Trump (Washington Post, 5/4/17)
TRUTH: The CBO found that premiums for single policy holders in the non-group market would increase by an average of 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019, as subsidies decreased under the bill. It also found that premiums in states requesting waivers, premiums for low income elderly enrollees would go up 800 percent. The report also states that ‘plans offered in the non-group market would cover a substantially smaller share of benefits and premiums.’