Monday, March 20, 2017

Repeal and Replace Up for a Vote This Week

Doctor explains x-ray to patient
We published our first blog post on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on August 17, 2009. Now, almost eight years later, the House of Representatives is set to vote on legislation that would repeal and replace the ACA with a new law - the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Here's what we know about the AHCA:
You can read more about the AHCA here, or read the bill here. Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill is available here (the CBO reports that "CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law"). Also, reports indicate that more changes may come to the AHCA before Thursday's vote.

How will this affect Pennsylvanians? The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, using a tool developed by the Center for American Progress, reports that 970,600 Pennsylvanians will lose healthcare under the AHCA.

So, what can you do? Call your Representative to share your thoughts on the legislation (in fact, you might want to go ahead and save the phone number in your phone to make future calls easier). Visit http://whoismyrepresentative.com to find contact information for your Representative and make a call today.

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