Senator, Stop Trump’s Sabotage of the ACA!

Minimal Script#1:  I’m calling from [zip code]  to ask Sen. [___] to oppose Trump’s Executive Order for “Association Health Plans” that will flood the market with junk health insurance plans, and undermine the California insurance market.

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Minimal Script#2:   I’m calling from [zip code]  to ask Sen. [___] to compel the Federal government to continue subsidy payments to stabilize the health care markets after Trump’s assault on our health care by executive order.

More Script if you want it: His actions will cause millions to lose access to affordable health care and will plunge ACA markets into chaos.

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Contact info for both actions:

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts:

Additional Interesting Reading on this whole mess…: 
Trump Closes A Health Dispute, But Leaves Open A Power Struggle
The New York Times
“The House won a major institutional victory over the White House on health care spending last week, but it wasn’t really a fair fight in the end. The Trump administration capitulated in a long-running legal dispute over health insurance subsidies paid out under the Affordable Care Act, concurring with House Republicans’ claim that the Obama administration had unconstitutionally spent billions of dollars. In siding with the House, the Trump administration found a legal justification for its decision to stop paying as much as $7 billion this year to insurers in exchange for holding down out-of-pocket expenses for millions of Americans. Democrats say the decision is a blatant attempt to undermine the health care law by roiling the insurance markets and driving up costs for consumers. But there are important implications beyond the consequences for the health care law.”…

Trump Obamacare Move Seen Harming Americans, Bipartisan Prospects
“U.S. President Donald Trump will hurt low-income Americans by doing away with Obamacare subsidies and make it harder for him to engage in bipartisan talks with Democrats as Congress edges toward a possible government shutdown, lawmakers said on Sunday. The White House has announced that the Republican administration will stop paying billions of dollars to insurers to help low-income consumers meet out-of-pocket medical expenses, as part of the president’s step-by-step effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The expected loss of cost-sharing subsidies, estimated to be worth $7 billion this year and $10 billion in 2018, has prompted worries about insurance market chaos and undermined the prices of insurer and hospital company shares.”…

Trump doesn’t know it, but his attempt to blow up Obamacare could help California — and other states

(Follow it through, but real people will still get hurt. – Indivisible Ventura)

quote on health care
The fog is still swirling around President Trump’s assaults last week on the Affordable Care Act.
That’s especially true of his cancellation of cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, possibly the most poorly understood subsidies of the ACA. Trump’s lack of understanding of America’s healthcare system appears to be almost infinite, so it’s hardly surprising that he doesn’t grasp the complexities of the cost-sharing reduction payments. But the misunderstandings extend to congressional Republicans, and even Democrats.
The truth is that Trump’s action could lead to more Americans receiving subsidized health coverage. It could also produce a windfall for states including California. To understand how that could happen, one has to understand how these subsidies work.

Given the cost-saving advantages of CSR payments, it is puzzling that the Federal government would consider terminating this effective subsidy.
A couple of preliminary points: They’re not “bailouts” of insurance companies, as Trump described them. And the motion filed by California, 17 other states and the District of Columbia to block Trump’s action should still go ahead, for reasons we’ll get to in a moment….




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