Urgent action needed THIS WEEK - Oppose the AHCA

Dear IPHA Member

Join us in urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose the American Health Care Act today!

The bill to repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act is to be voted on starting today, and with proposed changes that would bode even worse for public health. The new proposal was amended to further weaken protections under the ACA to gain the support of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus, improving the chances of the bill's ultimate passage in the House.  Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office has not scored the bill, and we have no idea the cost of the taxpayer or the benefits lost to the public needing health insurance.  If you have a pre-existing condition, you should be extremely concerned about the potential loss of coverage and the high cost of premiums under this plan.  How many Americans will not have health care if this bill passes?  The sponsors do not even know the answer to that question.This is no time for business as usual.  Call or e- mail your Members of Congress, now!

 

 

 

See the message below from APHA:

Please help us oppose the American Health Care Act by calling representatives from your state in the target list below and share this message with the members of your Affiliate and urge them to do the same. There is at least one moderate Republican from the House of Representatives who needs to hear from constituents and other leaders in their state urging them to oppose the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act and the new proposed amendment to the AHCA that make the bill even worse by allowing states to:

 

  • opt out of the ACA’s requirements to cover 10 Essential Health Benefits
  • opt out of the ACA’s community rating requirements (prevents health insurers from varying premiums within a geographic area based on age, gender, health status or other factors)
  • opt out of the ACA’s requirements on how much older Americans are charged for coverage

 

News broke last week that House Republicans may bring the bill back to the House floor as early as this week now that they have gained additional support from the most conservative members of their caucus with the proposed new changes outlined above. All attention now turns to the moderate Republicans who also expressed deep concerns with the original bill in March and who may be further turned off by the new proposed changes that would increase insurance premium costs.

 

As you may recall the underlying bill the American Health Care Act would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act and the Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would result in 24 million Americans losing health insurance coverage by 2026. It would also end the Medicaid expansion under the ACA and also turn the underlying Medicaid program into a per capita program which would cut $839 billion in federal Medicaid contributions to the state over the next decade. The bill would also repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which makes up 12 percent of the budget at CDC.

 

More details and talking points below, but you can keep the message simple:

 

  • Oppose the American Health Care Act as well as the new proposed changes to the bill that would allow states to opt out of requiring that health plans cover the Essential Health Benefits, allow insurers to charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions and increase out-of-pocket costs for older adults.
  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will cause 24 million Americans to lose health insurance coverage by 2026
  • The bill would also eliminate critical public health funding by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
  • The bill will end the Medicaid expansion and also cut  more than $800 billion in federal contributions to Medicaid over the next decade.
  • Instead, members of Congress should work together in a bipartisan manner to build upon the Affordable Care Act to make it even stronger.

 

Additional background info:

 

You can find APHA’s most recent statement on the new version of the proposed bill here: https://www.apha.org/news-and-media/news-releases/apha-news-releases/2017/apha-opposes-worse-aca-repeal-bill

 

Additional talking points on the American Health Care Act can be found here: https://www.apha.org/~/media/files/pdf/topics/aca/no_aca_repeal_tlkgpts.ashx

 

Here is the list of targets by state/congressional district. You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to their office and urge them to oppose the ACHA and the new amendment to further weaken the ACA. The more of your members who you can get to make calls to these offices today and tomorrow the better! If you would like specific staff email addresses for any of these members, please let me know. If you’re not sure of your member of Congress, you can look them up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/.

 

 

NO / LEAN NO BUT STILL NEED TO HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS

AZ-05

Andy

Biggs

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

CA-10

Jeff

Denham

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

FL-25

Mario

Diaz-Balart

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Unknown Floor v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean No

FL-26

Carlos

Curbelo

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Unknown Floor v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean No

FL-27

Ileana

Ros-Lehtinen

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

IA-03

David

Young

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

KY-04

Thomas

Massie

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NC-03

Walter

Jones

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NJ-02

Frank

LoBiondo

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NJ-04

Chris

Smith

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NJ-07

Leonard

Lance

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NV-02

Mark

Amodei

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

No

NY-11

Dan

Donovan

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

NY-24

John

Katko

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

OH-10

Mike

Turner

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

PA-06

Ryan

Costello

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

No

PA-07

Pat

Meehan

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Unknown Floor v1

Opposition Confirmed

No

PA-08

Brian

Fitzpatrick

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

PA-15

Charlie

Dent

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

VA-10

Barbara

Comstock

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

WA-03

Jaime

Herrera Beutler

Statement - oppose v1

Opposition Reconfirmed

No

KEY POTENTIAL ‘NO’ VOTES – HIGH PRIOIRTY

AZ-02

Martha

McSally

Yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean Yes (Carrying Exemption Fix)

CA-21

David

Valadao

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

Maybe no

CA-25

Steve

Knight

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

CA-48

Dana

Rohrabacher

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean yes

CA-49

Darrell

Issa

Statement - "leaning yes" v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 undecided

CO-03

Scott

Tipton

Undecided

Target to Oppose New Bill

CO-06

Mike

Coffman

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 still "determining impact"

FL-08

Daniel

Webster

Lean no v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean No

FL-18

Brian

Mast

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

IL-06

Peter

Roskam

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Supports

Target to Oppose New Bill

IL-12

Mike

Bost

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

IL-13

Rodney

Davis

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

IL-14

Randy

Hultgren

Leaning no

Target to Oppose New Bill

IL-16

Adam

Kinzinger

Yes

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 undecided

IN-05

Susan

Brooks

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 undecided

KY-05

Hal

Rogers

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

ME-02

Bruce

Poliquin

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

MN-03

Erik

Paulsen

Cmte Vote Yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

NY-21

Elise

Stefanik

Statement - "leaning yes" v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

NY-22

Claudia

Tenney

Statement - "leaning yes" v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

OH-06

Bill

Johnson

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 undecided

OH-07

Bob

Gibbs

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

WA-08

David

Reichert

Statement - "leaning yes" v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

PREVIOUSLY OPPOSED, CURRENTLY UNKNOWN

AK-AL

Don

Young

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

IA-01

Rod

Blum

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

Lean No

NJ-02

Glenn

Thompson

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

OH-14

Dave

Joyce

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

TX-23

Will

Hurd

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

VA-01

Rob

Wittman

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

LIKELY YES - KEEP PRESURE UP

CA-08

Paul

Cook

No stance

Target to Oppose New Bill

Lean yes

CA-45

Mimi

Walters

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Supports

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 yes

MD-01

Andy

Harris

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

4/26 Leaning Yes

MN-02

Jason

Lewis

Cmte Vote Yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Yes

NE-02

Don

Bacon

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Yes

NJ_11

Rodney

Frelinghuysen

Statement - oppose v1

Reconfirm Opposition

Expected Yes

NY-19

John

Faso

Cmte Vote Yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Yes

NY-02

Peter

King

Statement - "leaning yes" v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

Yes

NY-23

Tom

Reed

Statement - yes v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/27 Yes

OH-15

Jim

Renacci

Supported

Target to Oppose New Bill

Yes

PA-18

Tim

Murphy

Cmte Vote Yes v1, Unknown Floor v1

Target to Oppose New Bill

4/26- "we'll see"

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