The Senate version of the healthcare bill––that was crafted in secret––has been released.
It will increase costs for the elderly. It includes a 57% cut in the federal government’s share of Medicaid.
According to TIME, 40% of people with HIV rely on Medicaid.
The bill cuts the financial aid that helps everyday people get insurance while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy.
We need you to call Sen. Rob Portman and ask him to vote NO on the Better Care Act!
Call the closest local office and the D.C. office. Then call again. Then call tomorrow. This is the time for action to save our health care for the most vulnerable, including LGBTQ people.
Script: My name is [NAME] and I live at [address, city, state, zip]. Please tell the Senator to vote NO on the Better Care Act. Stripping health care from the poor and elderly is wrong.
More Information about the Bill
It would also repeal virtually all the tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act to pay for itself, in effect handing a broad tax cut to the affluent, paid for by billions of dollars sliced from Medicaid, a health care program that serves one in five Americans, not only the poor but almost two-thirds of those in nursing homes. (Source)
Health care would get substantially less affordable for most of these people, especially those who are poor, unhealthy or old, according to Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute, Christine Eibner of the RAND Corporation and Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Source)
Please call. If you cannot call, email Senator Portman’s legislative aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stop this, we’ll need to make as much noise as possible.