22 Jun 2017


Created in secret by a working group of 13 male Republicans and their staffs, with no public hearings, no debate and no input from healthcare stakeholders, details (not the actual legislation) of the Senate version of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) were released on Thursday. And unless you are a healthy young adult or in a household making $250,000 or more, it is bad news for you.

Particularly troubling for organizations like ours, focused on bettering the lives of people with physical disabilities and cognitive disorders, are the changes to Medicaid. Medicaid plays an outsized role in state programs that support the disabled and, not only does the Senate version not improve upon the draconian cuts already passed by House Republicans, it makes even deeper cuts to federal funding of Medicaid with caps on per-capita spending.

If this bill is passed, it will disrupt the ability of disabled people and many other Americans from gaining access to healthcare and the programs needed to experience quality lives. Add to that the fact that, along with the House version, this bill represents a massive redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to wealthy Americans, we are facing dramatic changes.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have time to fight…very little time but time, nonetheless. That is why we are posting the contact information of our Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Also, we will post a link to the contact information of all US Senators for out-of-state readers. Implore them to vote “No” on the AHCA.

Sen. Richard Burr
Phone: (202) 224-3154

Sen. Thom Tillis
Phone: (202) 224-6342

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