From: Protect Our Care Colorado (Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement)
There is finally a draft of the Senate version of the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (it’s being call the “Better Care Reconciliation Act”). As expected, it is very similar to the bill passed in the House. The primary changes in the bill are that they have changed the growth rate calculation for Medicaid, which will lead to even deeper cuts to care for children, seniors, and people with disabilities (yes you read that right, even more drastic than the $800 billion in cuts in the House bill). The bill will continue to allow insurance companies to charge older Coloradans more, and offer skimpier plans forcing all Coloradans to pay more out of pocket for their health care. The bill still contains provisions that will undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. We expect a score from the Congressional Budget Office to come out early next week, though it may only calculate the financial impact of the bill, not the impact on people’s coverage.
Here’s a good graphic to share on social media about the latest bill.
Coloradans have streamed into Senator Gardner’s offices today! We had Coloradans visiting all 8 of Senator Gardner’s offices today and there are still some streaming in here in Denver right now. Thank you to everyone that took action today.
We’ve started compiling a Facebook album of photos from the day. Feel free to post your own photos there.
New Report on Economic Impact of the Bill
Today, our friends at the Colorado Fiscal Institute also released a report on the economic impacts of the AHCA in Colorado. Spoiler alert, it’s not good news.
Read and share our new blog and fact sheets on impacts of the AHCA on different regions of Colorado and the economy.
Lastly, if you live in Scott Tipton’s district, he will be holding a tele-town hall on Monday the 26th at 6pm. It’s an opportunity to hold him accountable for his vote for the AHCA in the House and pressure him to vote against it if a different version passes the Senate. Anyone who is interested in participating in Monday’s call, should call Tipton’s Washington office at 202-225-4761 to sign up no later than noon Friday.