Passage of AHCA by House hurts the old, sick, and poor

It is very distressing that the House of Representatives voted 217-213 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a bill that is worse than the bill that failed in March. Cuts in Medicaid will result in much higher costs for the poor, disabled and elderly, or no insurance, while providing a huge tax break to individuals making more than $200,000.

The bill would permit discrimination against people with pre-existing health conditions, substantially increase insurance premiums for older adults, result in millions of people losing coverage, and worsen the fiscal health of Medicare.  Planned Parenthood patients are targeted and women stand to lose access to birth control, cancer screenings, STI treatment and other care at Planned Parenthood health centers.  The bill will cut Medicaid funding, which millions of low-income seniors as well as children and adults with disabilities rely on, by more than $800 billion over 10 years.  The AHCA has been condemned by leading consumer and health groups, including AARP and physician and hospital organizations.  Note that the bill has NOT been scored by the Congressional Budget Office so we do not know the actual cost/loss of insurance for our citizens.

TAKE ACTION:  This bill is now going to the Senate.  We need the OMB score. Please contact your senator to oppose this legislation.

 NC Senators:  Thom Tillis (202-224-6342 and 704-509-9087)
Richard Burr (202-224-3154 and 800-685-8916)
 SC Senators:  Lindsey Graham (202-224-5972 and 803-366-2828)
Tim Scott (202-224-6121 and 803-771-6112)

For more information, check Planned Parenthood, AARP, The New York Times, & Washington Post websites.

North Carolina Representatives vote:

North Carolina
No   D Butterfield, G.K. NC 1st
Aye   R Holding, George NC 2nd
No   R Jones, Walter NC 3rd
No   D Price, David NC 4th
Aye   R Foxx, Virginia NC 5th
Aye   R Walker, Mark NC 6th
Aye   R Rouzer, David NC 7th
Aye   R Hudson, Richard NC 8th
Aye   R Pittenger, Robert NC 9th
Aye   R McHenry, Patrick NC 10th
Aye   R Meadows, Mark NC 11th
No   D Adams, Alma NC 12th
Aye   R Budd, Ted NC 13th