Obamacare

In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a system of regulations and taxes intended to make health care insurance more accessible and affordable. You might also know it as the ACA or Obamacare, as they are one and the same. Since the signing of this bill, 20 million Americans who did not previously have insurance have gotten access to affordable and quality care.

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Now, the Trump administration has promised to dismantle this system and has not proposed a plan to replace it.

If the ACA is repealed:

23.1 million people could lose their health insurance1.4 million on parents’ plans, 12.3 million on Medicaid, and 9 million on subsidized policies would immediately lose coverage52 Million could become uninsurable if the preexisting conditions clause is repealed2.6 million jobs could be lost Repealing Obamacare would put countless American lives at risk. Moreover, it would result in $2.8 billion in tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy and a $2.9 billion loss of tax credits for low and moderate income people in 20 states.

Currently, Republicans in Congress have plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a bill called Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, or S. Con. Res. 3. This bill would:

Allow the Budget Committee to set the total level of spending on specific areasDirect the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee (also known as HELP) to suggest ways to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years. This deficit language is basically code for the Affordable Care Act, even though repealing the ACA would increase the deficit.S. Con. Res. 3 was passed through a process called reconciliation, which means that all Republicans can do is gut the funding for ACA subsidies while leaving many of the provisions of the ACA (like pre-existing condition coverage) in place. This means that only people who need healthcare right now will buy insurance, which even the insurance companies don't want to happen. Without subsidies or a tax penalty there is no incentive for healthy people to buy insurance, which will hurt the insurance companies, and possibly raise premiums.

The Senate has already passed S. Con. Res 3, but the fight is far from over. Before the ACA is repealed or the funds are gutted, bills have to go through committees. It’s possible that senators will use the traditional budget process to sneak in cuts to the Affordable Care Act. But we are not going to let that happen. Call your senator today, and tell them how important the ACA is to you and your community. Let them know that we will not stand for cuts.

Demand a Hearing on AHCA

The AHCA hasn't had a single hearing--but it doesn't have to be that way

When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was being passed in 2009, the Senate Health Committee had 60 hours of hearings. The Senate Finance Committee worked on the legislation for 8 days, the longest mark-up period for a bill in 2 decades. 130 amendments were offered. The full Senate debated the bill for 25 straight days.

CBO Report on American Healthcare Act

Numbers don't lie--the AHCA is bad news for Americans

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their report on President Trump’s American Health Care Act. We knew the AHCA was appalling, but now we have the numbers to prove it. And while the Senate will likely write their own version of the bill, the framework of the AHCA is bad news for all Americans.

Protect Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions

The AHCA removes insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions

One of the most insidious things about the new Trumpcare is that it removes insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Thanks to an amendment by Representative Tom McArthur (R-NJ), if you:

  • haven’t had health insurance for 60+ days,

  • you live in a state that participates in this waiver, and

  • you have a pre-existing condition,

Insurance companies will be able to legally charge you more when you buy insurance.

Stop Rising Premiums

#Trumpcare is a Bad Deal for All

This Thursday, the House will vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If it passes, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that this law will leave 14 million people uninsured by 2018, while stripping insurance from the 74 million people who have already benefitted from Obamacare.

Save the Medicaid Expansion

Help Millions of Americans Keep their Insurance

Republicans made cutting and capping the Medicaid expansion a central piece of their new health care plan. For the 32 states and the District of Columbia that have already adopted the Medicaid expansion, this will leave millions of people without access to care.

A Plan to Defund Obamacare

Block the G.O.P. Alternative to Obamacare

Last week, Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) and House Republican leaders outlined their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Americans need a health care system that can provide affordable access to quality care, but instead, the Better Way proposal [PDF] would defund state budgets and put millions of Americans at risk of losing health care coverage.

Protecting Obamacare

Health Insurance for All Americans

Obamacare is under attack in Congress and we can’t let it go without a fight. Obamacare provides insurance and healthcare to over 20 million Americans, and a repeal could result in a loss of over 2 million jobs. On January 11th – before President Trump was even in office — the Senate began the process to repeal it by passing a Concurrent Resolution.

Stop the Repeal of Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare will be deadly for millions

Without enough votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is calling for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We have been through this before. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, would be deadly for millions of Americans, who would lose access to health care if this bill went through.