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Daily Call To Action: March 20th, 2017

March 20, 2017 The Call – Reject #Trumpcare The House expects a vote Thursday on Trumpcare and the vote is likely to be close. Last week, the report issued by the non-partisan Congressional Budget office (CBO report) estimated 14 million fewer people would be insured by next year and premiums over the next two years would increase significantly more than under the ACA. By 2026, 24 million fewer people would be insured. Although average premiums are estimated to be 10% lower than if the ACA is not repealed, premiums would be much higher for older Americans and most insurance would cover less (higher co-pays and deductibles). Effects on Medicaid would be devastating. The White House has been claiming the administration has a three prong approach which will offset these negatives, but there is neither detail on what it is or any assurance it will be enacted. Vox has set of useful charts illustrating the CBO findings. There has been a storm of criticism, including the rejection of Trumpcare by the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Hospital Association. Numerous Republicans have also sharply criticized the bill. Trumpcare coverage would be out of reach to many middle and lower income Americans while giving a hefty tax break to the already well-off. Here is a district by district summary of the impact of Trumpcare and here are charts for the impact in the 27 districts where Republican representatives are believed to be “on the fence.” The distinct possibility that Trumpcare can be defeated presents an alluring opportunity to put a chink in the President’s armor by denying him the ability to make good on a central campaign promise. Your Action Call all three of your members of Congress and ask them to oppose Trumpcare. Script “Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m calling to urge [Sen/Rep____] to oppose Trumpcare. The CBO report shows only the wealthy will benefit and millions of Americans will lose insurance or pay more for inferior insurance. I greatly appreciate your time.”

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