NJ’s Congress Members Should Vote No on to Take Away Healthcare From 21 Million Americans
On March 9, 2017, The Star-Ledger’s Tom Moran asked in his opinion piece, “Will Jersey’s GOP members of Congress throw millions off healthcare?”
Moran writes about the unpopularity of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)
“It is opposed by hospitals, doctors, nurses, the elderly, insurance companies, and every group that fights to protect low-wage families.”
The details of the plan were hidden before the committee vote. But we do know that up to half of the 21 million who gained coverage under the ACA would lose their health insurance under President’s Trump’s replacement plan.
“This bill shrinks the subsidies for middle-class families, and phases out the Medicaid expansion that covers those with lower wages, starting in a few years.”
Especially alarming to advocates for the very low-income, “Republicans added a big tax cut for the richest among us, roughly $600 billion over the next decade.”
Writes Moran, “So the question now, for New Jersey, is whether the five Republicans who represent this state in Congress will go along. If they do, then voters will have powerful reason to remove them from office in 2018.”
Now is the time for everyone in New Jersey to call their members of Congress and urge them to opposed President Trump’s plan to replace the ACA.
We must do this for the very low-income and vulnerable households who, often for the first time in their lives, accessed health care through the ACA.
“Yes, it starts with the millions who would lose coverage. Study after study shows they will be more likely to die of preventable causes, even when controlling for things like obesity and smoking. They will be vulnerable to bankruptcy again, in the event of illness. They’ll wonder if they can afford to check a child’s ear-ache for infection.”
But we should also all be concerned about the impact the new plan could have on all of us.
“Insurers warn that it risks a death spiral that would cause premiums to skyrocket for everyone, since it lifts the obligation for healthy people to buy in, shrinking a key stream of revenue to insurers. Hospitals warn that it will force some to shut down, and others to rely on larger subsidies from state and local taxpayers.”
U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is expected to support President’s Trump’s Bill. “(U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance on Thursday supported the bill in the (House Energy and Commerce) committee, but said he may oppose it on the floor if conservatives win changes that would further reduce coverage.
“Voters need to contact them before it’s too late. This bill is a reckless piece of work. They need to know this vote will be remembered.”
Now is the time to call your Republican Member of Congress and urge them to oppose President Trump’s healthcare plan. You can use the link to the phone numbers in Moran’s piece or this link of housing staffers. Just call the phone numbers for the DC offices and ask to speak to the staffer who handles healthcare issues.