The latest updates on the Graham-Cassidy repeal of the Affordable Care Act are grim beyond belief.
It is projected that by letting states do away with protections on pre-existing conditions and on covering new ones, people with metastatic cancer can see their premiums skyrocket from $140,000 to $172,000 per year. This is not hyperbole - this is a genuine possibility.
Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-LA) proposes that states will be forbidden to spend any money, not just federal dollars, on creating single payer or other universal plans in their states He further proposes that every person on Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will have to be employed. This mandate does not take into account that the majority of Medicaid recipients are elders in nursing homes or other care, children, people with disabilities. No exclusions are made in his amendments.
With all funding for ACA subsidies to be eliminated in a couple of years, anyone enrolled would pay the entire premium, and rates will be allowed to soar based on any number of causes including age, sex, pre-existing conditions, etc.
States can eliminate required coverage. Medicare won't have to provide preventive services at no further cost. We will see a return to the days when you paid extra for everything. This is a harsh reality staring us in the face yet again.
States will receive "block grants" - fixed amounts not tailored to patient numbers - they have to spread out to support enrollees in ACA and other programs. If it doesn't go far enough, new applicants will be turned down.
We have only a few days to stop this horrible bill.
Many of our Representatives and Senators say they are not hearing from you. Please raise your voice - this bill is only a couple of votes short of passing. Your voices must be heard, you need to mobilize your families and friends everywhere in order for us to protect ACA from these horrific predations. We cannot rely on states alone to pick up the difference. Good states that believe in universal coverage will see their "block grant" payments being diverted to other, less concerned states that then may spend health care money however they choose.
Please call both Senators and your Representatives today. 202-224-3121.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!
This is the most horrific version of health care destruction yet. Please raise your voices today against Graham Cassidy. Say NO to the destruction of the Affordable Care Act!!