Tues 7/24: Healthcare actions – do today!

On Wednesday, the House will be voting on two (2) healthcare bills.

#1 –  NO on H.R.6199  – We’re not subsidizing spin classes for the rich, thank you.

H.R.6199 – “Modernizing health savings accounts”, allows those 20 million people with “Health Savings Accounts” (HSAs), allowable when one has a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), to use these savings accounts to cover prescription and over-the-counter medication, menstrual care products, gym membership and other expenses that contribute to an individual’s health.

What’s wrong with this? It’s the same thing as rich people getting the lowest interest rates for bank accounts and credit cards…it’s another discount program for the well-off. HSAs are tax shelters that do nothing for poor people. In fact, most Americans do not have enough savings to account for an emergency, medical or otherwise. The wealthiest Americans disproportionately benefit from these insurance arrangements. Indeed, families making in excess of $100,000 make up 70 percent of HSA contributions.

CNN Money called HSAs “the best tax-free investment account you’ll be able to find.”

Conservatives love HSAs because of their “skin in the game” fantasy. This is what that actually looks like for a disturbingly large number of Americans.

 They hope that having to spend “real” money will make the poor and middle class choose more carefully when and where we indulge in our health care needs. Or if. Higher deductibles and HSA’s do lead to a 5-7% spending reduction, realized by decreasing the quantity of medical care, which affects the poorest with chronic conditions the most.

The rich already got more than their share in the latest tax scam. We absolutely don’t need to be subsidizing their health club plans, or their tampons.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Rep. [___] to vote “NO” on H.R.6199 – “Modernizing health savings accounts”. We want to stop this nonsense and concentrate on getting accessible, affordable health care for all.

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

#2 –  NO on H.R.6311  – The GOP continues their assault on our health care.

The full name for H.R.6311  is “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan.

The short name is “Junk plans to undermine the ACA”.

This bill will steer more Americans into catastrophic plans that have higher deductibles and co-pays, reduce choice and competition in the ACA Marketplaces. These junk plans are almost useless when a patient needs to use them.

It will also allow “pre-existing conditions” to rear its ugly head again with increased premiums or denial of insurance. 130 million Americans with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, mental health or substance abuse will be at risk, along with more than HALF OF AMERICAN WOMEN and GIRLS – approximately 68 million, including those who dare to be pregnant.

The GOP already voted to let insurance companies to charge older Americans up to 5 times more than younger, no matter their current health status. This will add to the sabotage of access to health care.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Rep. [___] to vote “NO” on H.R.6311 – “to allow the sale of junk insurance plans”. We want to stop this nonsense and concentrate on getting accessible, affordable health care for all.

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

 

 

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