Early Thursday morning while most of us were sleeping the Republican led Senate voted to gut the Affordable Care Act. Their actions did the following:
Protecting patients with pre-existing conditions -GONE
Protecting historic children’s health coverage gains (lowest uninsured rate for children in U.S. history)-GONE
Protecting Social Security -GONE
Protecting Medicare and Medicaid -GONE
Protecting health insurance access and affordability for individuals based on their occupation -GONE
Protecting the closure of Medicare’s Rx coverage gap (the doughnut hole) -GONE
Lower Rx drug prices -GONE
Allowing people to stay on their parents’ healthcare plan until age 26 -GONE
Protecting rural hospitals and health care providers -GONE
You may ask why repeal with no replacement lined up. The Republicans want to hold the American people’s health hostage to force Democrats to accept their idea of healthcare. With no healthcare, Americans will stay sick and some will die. To the Republicans it is a small price to pay.
Today the House will vote on the same bill. Call Congressman Gus Bilirakis and tell him to save Healthcare for the American people. Call him at 202-225-5755 and tell him that his actions have consequences.