by Haya Luftig
Posted on June 30, 2017
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As a result of your advocacy, we helped delay the Senate’s health care vote. The Senate plans to take up the bill soon after the July 4th holiday. We must continue to speak out!
The Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act” would be devastating for millions of Americans and irreparably harmful to Jewish social service agencies that care for some of our community’s most vulnerable populations: seniors, children, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and women—Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
Negotiations should be transparent with adequate time for analysis, deliberation, and debate. Make your voice heard and keep their phones ringing!
Act Now – Call Today!
Contact as many senators on the priority list below as you can and urge them to oppose any bill that undermines Medicaid and affordable health care for millions of Americans. The following senators may be persuaded to vote “no.” Call and urge them to do so!
Roy Blunt (MO)—(202) 224-5721
Bill Cassidy (LA)—(202) 224-5824
Bob Corker (TN)—(202) 224-3344
Jeff Flake (AZ)—(202) 224-4521
Cory Gardner (CO)—(202) 224-5941
Chuck Grassley (IA)—(202) 224-3744
Johnny Isakson (GA)—(202) 224-3643
Lisa Murkowski (AK)—(202) 224-6665
Marco Rubio (FL)—(202) 224-3041
Richard Shelby (AL)—(202) 224-5744
Pat Toomey (PA)—(202) 224-4254
TALKING POINTS: WHY WE CARE
- I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose the health care bill.
- Under the Senate proposal, 22 million people would lose their insurance by 2026 and premiums would go up. 15 million people would lose their health care by next year alone.
- By capping Medicaid and cutting the Medicaid expansion, the Jewish Federation system and its affiliated social service agencies around the country would lose significant funding, forcing them to slash services. Private funding would not be able to make up such financial loses.
- Thousands of health care workers, including in Jewish services, would lose their jobs and further strain state economies.
- The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid provide a safety net for 1 in 5 Americans, and 40% of all children and 75% of the poorest children depend on Medicaid.
- Seniors and people with preexisting conditions would lose vital coverage. People with disabilities would lose the support needed to live independently and those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse would see services reduced or eliminated.
- Women would pay more solely based on their gender and insurers would no longer be required to cover benefits such as maternity care, contraception, and family planning.
- Changes to health care should make the system more affordable, effective, and efficient. This bill would have the opposite effect.
To learn more about the bill’s impact on Medicaid, click here.
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