A select group of Republicans in the Senate are pushing for a vote on the American Health Care Act or “Trumpcare” in the next week, but no one has even seen the bill. There’s a mere 13 senators leading this disaster, squabbling over and deciding health care for millions of people behind closed doors.
Even other Republicans in the Senate are complaining that they haven’t laid eyes on the bill. The GOP players haven’t held any public hearings, haven’t bothered to consult budget analysts or asked for any feedback from doctors, patients or hospitals.
It’s no secret why they’re hiding from the public. They don’t want us to see the legislation until it’s too late to fight back.
We know that the ACHA would mean massive cuts to Medicaid, which would leave the current estimate of 23 million Americans without essential health care in the next ten years.
As this chart shows, there’s a myriad of disastrous drawbacks for our state if the AHCA is passed, including reducing payments to hospitals and other safety net providers, eliminating essential services that hospitals provide and of course, cutting Georgians from Medicaid.
Georgia is already facing a rural hospital crisis, with multiple hospitals closing every year due to massive debt and leaving communities without much-needed care. More uninsured Georgians translates to more debt for our hospitals and more closed hospitals. What Georgia communities need is for to allow for more Medicaid money to flow back to Georgia, not to make cuts that will hurt our most vulnerable people.
Meanwhile, Karen Handel is decidedly trudging backwards. She supports the efforts to repeal Obamacare, claiming that the system is “collapsing.” In light of the actual effects of the proposed health care bill, it’s clear she isn’t at all in tune with what our state needs.
But we can stand up for Georgians and for the millions of people who would suffer under the AHCA.
Call Senator Johnny Isakson at (770) 661-0999 and tell him to do what’s right for Georgia by voting NO on the American Health Care Act. This is a bill that Georgia cannot afford to pass, and we have a chance to push back right now.