The U.S. Senate has been drafting their version of the American Health Care Act, mostly in closed-door meetings, but what has leaked out so far has not been promising. The version that passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives last month also included many concerning elements, and advocates are worried about the cuts to care that will happen if the AHCA is ultimately signed into law. If you or you loved ones benefit from Medicaid — as nearly 1.7 million Georgians do — or have relied on Obamacare to put health insurance within reach, Sen. Johnny Isakson needs to hear from you.
Georgia is facing $4 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next ten years, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Individuals with disabilities and children would be most impacted by the cuts, and families will likely be left scrambling to try to cover the gaps in care.
It’s also unclear how pre-existing conditions will fit into the final version of the bill after the House and Senate iron out any differences. At least in the House version, insurance companies would be able to deny coverage to individuals based on their health history, including issues ranging from pregnancy to depression. The Senate version is expected to include provisions that allow insurance companies to charge more, effectively pricing individuals with pre-existing conditions out of the market.
An analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund has even more concerning news about the AHCA, also called “Trumpcare.” Proposed tax cuts for the wealthiest families will be paid for by the nearly one million Georgians expected to lose health insurance over the next ten years under the new health care plan. CAP notes that, “Approximately 90 percent of the benefit of repealing this tax goes to the top 1 percent of households.”
Georgians will lose their health coverage just so millionaires can save a buck on taxes.
Sen. Johnny Isakson benefits from the outstanding health insurance that Congress members get. As Isakson has likely experienced, access to health care is crucial to getting back on your feet and back to work when health issues impact your quality of life. For the many Georgians who rely on Medicaid or the tax credits and minimum standards of care mandated under Obamacare, the loss of health insurance will be devastating.
Call Sen. Johnny Isakson and tell him why he should vote against the American Health Care Act. Share your personal stories about what the loss of Medicaid or changes to Obamacare will mean for you and your loved ones. Let Sen. Isakson know that Georgians are counting on his ‘no’ vote to save their healthcare.
He can be reached at his D.C. office at (202) 224-3643 or his Atlanta-area office at (770) 661-0999. A vote is expected as soon as the end of this month, so call today.