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Save the Individual Mandate

Part of a series of background guides, talking points, and phone scripts for a coordinated defense of the Affordable Care Actby Patrick O'MahenRelevant Policy Background: The Individual Mandate The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act is an important linchpin that keeps premium prices under control. How? Think of the ACA as a three-legged stool. First, it offers anyone not covered by an employer plan or other public insurance the ability to buy a plan on an insurance exchange (guaranteed issue) at the same price as anyone else (community rating). This is great, but healthy people will tend not to buy insurance, which leaves the pool sicker, which causes prices to increase. Then more healthy people leave the pool, causing the pools to keep getting sicker, which causes prices to go up more. This eventually causes a death spiral.[1] The individual mandate plays a critical role in keeping healthy people in insurance pools by charging them a fee if they do not enroll...
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Background and Guide to a Single Talking Point + Phone Script for a coordinated defense of the ACA : A delayed Medicaid cutoff is still a cutoff

Relevant Policy Background:Different state of play, but still a major threat out there (and some opportunities, but we'll get to those soon). For now, let's talk about the last Repeal bill standings: Graham-CassidyThe Senate Bill:The original Senate proposal has managed to take the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA) and make it worse. Instead of implementing drastic Medicaid cuts in 2020, Senators phased in cuts more slowly, then making up for it by cutting the program more drastically after 2026. They do this by linking federal caps to the general inflation rate in urban areas (Consumer Price Index or CPI-U) instead of the medical inflation rate (CPI-M). Since medical costs grow more quickly than the costs of most things in the economy, moving from CPI-M to CPI-U.[1]The result is a long-term 37 percent cut to Medicaid instead of a 25 percent cut. On the health exchanges side, they kept the basic structure of the exchanges, but drastically cut the subsidies to pay for premiums ...
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The RISE Stronger Guide to the August Recess

Introduction The August recess for Congress is here, making it a critical time for you to engage with your elected officials. Representatives began their break on July 28, and the Senate a few days later on August 3. Congress will be back in session after the Labor Day weekend on September 5.This document will arm you with the information you need to ask challenging, hard-hitting questions of your representatives at town halls, meetings or other events. The RISE Stronger Policy Working Group Program has prepared for you overviews of key topics on the national agenda across a range of areas, including the economy and jobs; education; energy and the environment; ethics and open government; foreign policy and national security; healthcare; infrastructure and urban policy; justice and civil liberties; science and technology; and trade and development. These key issues are summarized with background information and relevant questions for you to ask, as well as additional resources for yo...
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22 Million People Are Still Going to Lose Healthcare

The United States of Resistance is a weekly industry newsletter sharing the top news from across the resistance. Please share with others! Sign up | Archived Newsletters Resistance Spotlight: It Starts Today Last fall, the Republicans won 241 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats won 194. You might think that this means that the Democratic party fought and won in 194 districts and fought and lost in 241. But y...
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A Delayed Medicaid Cutoff is Still a Cutoff

Explainer by Patrick O'Mahen, Health Services ResearcherBackground and Guide to a Single Talking Point + Phone Script for a Coordinated Defense of the ACA XXIII: A Delayed Medicaid cutoff is still a cutoff Relevant Policy Background: The House: One of the most damaging parts of the House-passed American Health Care Act is the destruction of Medicaid (1) Starting in 2020, the AHCA drastically reduces the federal government's matching funding for states seeking to cover able-bodies childless adults under the program from 90 percent to 57 percent, which effectively would end the Medicaid expansion in most states. Beyond that, the AHCA also caps federal funding for all other participants in the program, limiting growth by an artificially low measure of inflation. The results would likely lead to drastic reductions in the numbers of kids, disabled, parents and adults needing nursing care in the program, as well as a likely drastic reduction in the scope of services covered fo...
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Behind Closed Doors, the Senate is Trying to Pass TrumpCare - We Need Your Help

Republican senators are trying to pass the American Health Care Act—aka Trumpcare 2.0—before July 4th without a hearing.This bill will deny an estimated 23 million Americans healthcare, cut $834 million in Medicaid spending, give tax breaks to the wealthy, and increase healthcare costs for low income earners. We can call, we can write—but the most powerful message is showing up.10 Senators in 9 states have been identified. They are as follows:Senator Murkowski (Alaska): (202)-224-6665, Twitter @lisamurkowskiSenator Sullivan (Alaska): (202) 224-3004, Twitter @SenDanSullivanSenator Flake (Arizona): (202) 224-4521, Twitter @JeffFlakeSenator Gardner (Colorado): (202) 224-5941, Twitter @SenCoryGardnerSenator Cassidy (Louisiana): (202) 224-5824Senator Collins (Maine): (202) 224-2523, Twitter @SenatorCollinsSenator Heller (Nevada): (202) 224-6244Senator Portman (Ohio): (202) 224-3353, Twitter: @senrobportmanSenator Toomey (Pennsylvania): (202) 224-4254, Twitter @SenToomeySenator Moore Capi...
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Protect our Care, #RejectRepeal Day of Action, April 19

demand Republicans reject repeal and #ProtectOurCare: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care ActProtect our Care is hosting a nationwide day of action, Wednesday, April 19 to Protect Our Care. Below are key resources shared from them and other organizations critical to the healthcare fight. Key Questions to Ask Members of CongressMembers need to keep hearing from their constituents so they understand that it's time to give up on repealing the health care law. Remember: Keep it personal. The best and most impactful questions are ones where someone shares their story about what the Affordable Care Act has meant to them or their family. Do you agree with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan that you should not work with Democrats to fix the Affordable Care Act and work together to bring costs down? Will you give up on repealing and replacing the law with anything that results in people losing their health coverage and increasing costs? Choose your own issue: It'...
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