THURSDAY 5/25/2017

FEDERAL:

STOP TRYING TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY AND SHORE UP THE ACA!

From Indivisible

TrumpCare 2.0 increases premiums so that a low-income, 64-year-old would pay $16,100 a year instead of what they pay now under the ACA: $1,700. In some states, premiums for the low-income elderly will rise by 800%. That isn't a typo. Eight hundred percent.

TrumpCare 2.0 distorts the private insurance market even further. CBO confirms that many people with pre-existing conditions will not be able to afford insurance. The uninsured will be the sickest of us, facing the most expensive coverage options, without ACA protections.

CBO indicates that under TrumpCare 2.0, one-sixth of the country's population may end up living in areas where health insurance markets lose their stability. And remember that state slush funds for high-risk pools that “moderate” Republicans touted? CBO confirms they’re a massive waste of money.

We will hold any representative who voted for the TrumpCare accountable for their vote.

Don’t forget, this news comes a day after Trump released his budget requesting hundreds of billions in additional cuts to Medicaid, kicking millions more off health insurance, to pay for even more tax cuts.

To Republicans, cutting Medicaid is a three step process: Step 1: Cut 880 billion dollars from Medicaid in TrumpCare; Step 2: Cut an additional 600 billion in Medicaid in the budget; Step 3: Cut as many taxes for corporations and the rich as possible. We have a 1 step answer: Do your job—to ensure people have access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance—or lose your job.

 

Here is the CBO on H.R. 1628: https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1628aspassed.pdf

 

Script for Senators:

Hi, my name is _______, I'm calling from zip code _______. With the CBO out for the horrendous AHCA bill passed in the House, I have had it. When will you, Senator _______, and your colleagues decide to work in the best interest of your constituents, and simply shore up the existing law of the land, the ACA. We will not accept any repeal of the current law that doesn't insure MORE Americans, maintain the essential benefits, and be affordable for ALL people. It's that simple. Please get to work on improving the current law, and stop trying to take away benefits while providing tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. Thank you.

 

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

 

 

Script for House:

Hi, my name is ______, I'm calling from zip code ______. With the CBO out for the horrendous AHCA bill that Representative _______ voted for and then grotesquely celebrated, I'm calling to let him/her know how disgusted I am. He/she voted to take health care away from 23 million Americans, price millions of elderly out of the market with sky high premiums, make it impossible for those with pre-existing conditions to afford care, & cut 800 billion dollars from Medicaid. All of this cruelty in order to give huge tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. I hope Representative _______ is ashamed of him/herself. I will certainly remember this vote come election time. It's time for Representative ________ to work for his/her constituents and work to shore up the law of the land, the ACA. We will not accept any repeal of the current law that doesn't insure MORE Americans, maintain the essential benefits, and be affordable for ALL people. It's that simple. Thank you.

 

HOUSE:

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

 

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STATE:

NC Budget Underfunds Pre–K Programs

Under the budget plan passed by the NC Senate and now under consideration by the House, some 3,000 North Carolina at-risk four–year–olds would be denied incredibly beneficial spots in pre-kindergarten programs. There is widespread and bipartisan consensus that these programs have measurably positive outcomes in later schooling and indeed in life, and we could fully fund ours for $18 million. However, the GOP would rather dole out some $325 million in tax breaks this year alone, mostly to corporations and the wealthy. We think at-risk four-year-olds are a better investment.

 

SCRIPT:

Hello, I am a constituent from _________________. I am calling to urge Sen./Rep. _______________ to vote on a budget that fully funds pre–kindergarten programs for at–risk young people. The up front cost of these programs more than pay for themselves in future successful outcomes for these kids. Thanks for recording my call.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

 

Send Free Faxes:

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Comment on State Medicaid Reform:

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is accepting written comments from the public about the state’s Medicaid Reform transition. Given the dire cuts proposed by the White House, and the uncertain fate of the NC budget, creating a public record is critical. Go to the website first to see what kinds of issues are up for consideration: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/nc-medicaid-reform

You can submit your comments via email to MedicaidReform@dhhs.nc.gov by the deadline of Thursday, May 25, 11:59 pm.