While efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) briefly stalled last week, the Senate still plans to strip healthcare from millions of Americans and make disastrous cuts to Medicaid.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote to move forward with repeal as early as TODAY!
This past Thursday, Senate Republicans released a revised version of their bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this revised version would still take away healthcare coverage from 22 million Americans, slash federal Medicaid funding, raise the price of private insurance, and gut consumer protections.
If that option wasn’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering another proposal that would repeal the ACA and delay the development of a replacement plan for two years. This would strip healthcare coverage from up to 32 million Americans, make even larger cuts to Medicaid funding, end financial assistance that helps make private insurance more affordable, and eliminate critical consumer protections.
Regardless of which plan is voted upon, the results would be devastating for New Mexico.
- New Mexicans Will Lose Healthcare Coverage – Every proposal to this point would end Medicaid expansion, jeopardizing the healthcare coverage of over 260,000 New Mexicans.
- Drastic Cuts to Medicaid Funding – The Senate plans cut federal Medicaid funding by $770-$840 billion over the next decade. This will force New Mexico to have to raise revenue just to maintain current Medicaid levels or cut eligibility and benefits.
- Consumer Protections are Eliminated – States will be allowed to opt-out of covering “essential health benefits” (prescriptions, maternity and newborn care, and mental healthcare).
Please call and urge your networks to contact the Senators below and tell them to stop with their efforts to repeal the ACA.
• Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) – (202) 224-4521
• Senator John McCain (AZ) – (202) 224-2235
• Senator Cory Gardner (CO) – (202) 224-5941
• Senator Dean Heller (NV) – (202) 224-6244
• Senator Mike Lee (UT) – (202) 224-5444