THE HEALTH CARE THREAT IS GETTING WORSE
The withdrawn bill to replace the ACA was bad enough.
As the Trump Administration is negotiating and securing support from far-right congressional members, the bill is being modified in a way that would cause even greater harm:
• It would make a nullity of the ACA’s most popular provision, which protects people with pre-existing health conditions from discrimination by insurance companies. The revised bill would force people with health problems to pay much higher premiums, thereby making coverage unaffordable for people with histories of cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure.
• It would segregate people with health problems into “high-risk pools.” Based on past pre-ACA experiences with such pools, premium costs would be astronomical, under-funded pools would predictably place unhealthy people seeking insurance on waiting lists, and coverage would have severe limitations, such as annual or lifetime caps in what insurers pay for care.
• It would take away the guarantee that health insurance comes with meaningful coverage benefits. This would allow insurers to eliminate such key coverage as maternity and mental health care. Women, especially of child-bearing age, would, once again, have to pay higher, discriminatory premiums. And people seeking help with mental health problems or relief from the opiate addiction crisis might be unable to get insurance for needed care.
Hi. My name is __________ and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I’m calling to strongly urge Sen/Rep ____________ to reject the latest version of Trumpcare. Instead of improving on the essential benefits of the ACA, this plan eliminates even more than the last terrible version. Not only would more people lose insurance, but by eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions and allowing for high risk pools, it is in direct opposition to what Trump promised in his campaign. I want Sen/Rep __________ to support full funding for the current law of the land, the ACA. We need to shore up the ACA and I expect my representative to do just that. Please take down my contact information and get back to me on where Senator/Representative ________ stands on this issue. Thanks for taking my call.
Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071
Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531
Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065
CROSSOVER DAY SPECIAL
By midnight Thursday, bills in the North Carolina General Assembly must pass either the House or the Senate or else they are dead for good. Many bad bills loom, and we need to be ready to act at the spur of the moment. Inside sources tell us that the best way to get the attention of lawmakers during these busy sessions is to email a simple, clear message in the subject line. For example, “Vote NO on HB 330, protester bill.” Or, “Let HB 200 be heard.” Look for flash updates throughout the day, as committee meeting times changes, amendments are added to bills, and surprise motions and votes are taken. On Tuesday, word has it that committee members received thousands of emails about the so-called “economic terrorism” bill that would have demonized protesters. That bill was rejected with the help of two Republican votes.
HB 330: Immunity from Running Over Pedestrians with Your Car
In an outrageous affront to civil rights, the NC House has passed a bill that would provide immunity from civil liability if they “accidentally” strike a protester with their car. The bill is clearly an attempt to curtail our freedom of assembly and is modeled after a bill introduced in North Dakota as a way to place limits on people protesting the Dakota Pipeline. Now that the bill has passed the House, it’s time to turn our attention to the Senate and to tell your Senators to vote against this bill.
Hello, I am a constituent calling from _________________ to urge Senator _______________ to vote against HB 330, which was recently passed by the House. This bill would provide drivers with immunity from civil liability if they strike a protester. HB 330 is a clear threat to our first amendment right to assembly and potentially puts protesters at serious risk of injury. This bill must be rejected. Thank you for taking my call.
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