TrumpCare Attacks Women’s Health
Recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the Senate’s take on a health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill, also known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, has negative repercussions on public health.
Here’s how TrumpCare hurts us all:
- Medicaid faces dramatic cuts. Children needing special education, seniors, people with disabilities, women, and low-income enrollees are hit the hardest Additionally, 75 cents from each public dollar allocated to family planning comes from Medicaid. Entities that provide essential family planning services and reproductive health care whose Medicaid funding exceeds $350 million are now BARRED from receiving any federal funding from one year. This defunds Planned Parenthood, which 2.5 million American women rely on annually.
- The new bill has removed maternity care and birth control from the list of Essential Health Benefits categorized under the ACA. This means insurance plans do NOT have to cover services relating to reproductive health, pregnancy or maternity care. Under the new bill, a completed pregnancy with no or minor complications will incur raised premiums of at least $17,060, or a 425% increase from ACA costs.
- Victims of domestic violence could lose access to healthcare. They may be required to still file jointly with their partner in order to receive a tax credit, further endangering them.
Make Some Calls, Take Action NOW:
First, call your state Senators and urge them to vote “NO” on this bill. Find out how to contact them here.
Then, make some calls to Senators who haven’t committed to a vote yet, and give them the extra push they need to vote NO on this bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not have the required 50 votes necessary to pass this legislation, and your calls might sway key Republicans who are either undecided or have pledged to vote ‘no’ on the bill as it currently stands without amendments. You can contact the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with their offices. They are:
- Susan Collins (R-Maine)
- Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana)
- Dean Heller (R-Nevada)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
Finally, call the New York State congressmen who voted for House version of the ACA repeal and tell them they’re getting voted out in 2018.