By law, the administration has to consider public comments on this proposal. We have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, MARCH 7th, to make our comments here:
The administration put out a new proposal aimed at sabotaging Obamacare—a blatant attempt to weaken the law at the expense of the tens of millions of people who depend on it.
In an effort to suppress meaningful comments from consumer groups and other stakeholders, the Administration has provided only a 21-day comment period, an unprecedented departure from standard comment periods for rules of this significance.
Learn more about how these changes favor insurance companies at the expense of people.
Any changes to the marketplace exchanges—that have done so much to allow American families to access quality, affordable health insurance—should strengthen and expand coverage and consumer protections, not weaken and limit them.
There is no legitimate justification for shortening the open enrollment period. It will only keep young and healthy enrollees out of the marketplaces, reducing their stability. Putting up barriers to special enrollment periods burdens those who are already going through incredible change—that includes women who are pregnant, those who have lost their jobs, and more. Allowing insurance companies to sell plans that transfer costs and risk to consumers—which makes it harder for people to see the doctors they need and limits the safety net for low-income consumers—runs completely counter to the goals of the law that established the exchanges: to provide quality, affordable health insurance for every American.
I do not support these proposed rule changes, as it’s clear this is nothing more than an attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Saturday, February 25th
Today there are rallies all over the country in support of the ACA and universal healthcare. The closest one to Philipstown is at 10am at the Brooklyn office of Congressman Donovan (details here).
You can still speak out on healthcare without leaving home.
- The Dept. of Health & Human Services has proposed new rules around the ACA. There is a public comment period until March 7th on rules that will increase premiums, reduce benefits, reduce networks, and increase deductibles.
Add your comment, then share this link everywhere to encourage other folks to do the same: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2017-0021-0002
- Paul Ryan has said he plans to have the House vote on repeal before the Easter recess in early April. 45 has said a replacement plan is coming in March. A draft of the House Republican repeal package was published yesterday on Politico. A Kaiser Health Tracking poll on the ACA released yesterday shows 48% of Americans favor the ACA, with 42% opposing it.
Tell Paul Ryan that a majority of Americans favor keeping the ACA.
Since Ryan has blocked his office phones and fax numbers, and is turning away people who show up to deliver petitions, people are mailing post cards to his home address and district offices saying NO to defunding Planned Parenthood, NO to repealing the ACA, and NO to privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security!
Paul Ryan, 700 St. Lawrence Ave., Janesville, WI 53545
Washington, DC Office
233 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: (202) 225-3031 Fax: (202) 225-3393
BTW: Paul Ryan apparently lives in his office when in Washington (read more)
Kenosha Constituent Services Center
5031 7th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53140 Phone: (262) 654-1901 Fax: (262) 654-2156
20 South Main Street, Suite 10, Janesville, WI 53545, 1-888-909-RYAN (7926) Phone: (608) 752-4050 Fax: (608) 752-4711
216 6th Street, Racine, WI 53403, Phone: (262) 637-0510, Fax: (262) 637-5689
Tell our Members of Congress that you stand behind them in supporting the ACA.
Use the script at 5 Calls, it is UNBELIEVABLY easy.
Contact Senator Chuck Schumer
Washington DC Office
322 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Tel: (202) 224-6542, Fax: (202) 228-3027
Albany/Capital District Office
Leo O'Brien Building, Room 420, 11A Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207
Tel: (518) 431-4070, Fax: (518) 431-4076
One Park Place, Suite 100, Peekskill, NY 10566
Tel: (914) 734-1532, Fax: (914) 734-1673
firstname.lastname@example.org, Email form
Contact Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Washington, DC Office
478 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Tel. (202) 224-4451, Fax (202) 228-0282
Albany/Capital District Office
Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building, 11A Clinton Avenue, Room 821, Albany, NY 12207
Tel. (518) 431-0120, Fax (518) 431-0128
Hudson Valley Office
PO Box 893, Mahopac, NY 10541
Tel. (845) 875-4585, Fax (845) 875-9099
Contact Representative Sean Patrick MaloneyWashington DC:
1027 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515Tel: 202-225-544, Fax: 202-225-3289
123 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550Tel: 845-561-1259, Fax: 845-561-2890
Wednesday February 1
Please call your senators and representative today to oppose repealing the ACA without a replacement and to oppose any cuts or restructuring of Medicaid. The call-in number is 866-426-2631 (Thanks to SEIU for providing the toll-free call-in number; those who call will hear a brief overview of the issues and will be asked to enter their zip code before being transferred to their members of Congress.)
Talking points you might use for the calls:
- No repeal of the ACA without simultaneous replacement - If Congress votes to repeal the ACA, a replacement package that provides equivalent or improved access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health coverage must be included in the same legislation.
- No cuts to and restructuring of Medicaid - More than 100 million individuals rely on Medicaid over the course of each year. Program cuts, along with block grant or per capita cap proposals, would hurt people who have no alternative means of paying for essential services. See the National Health Law Program's "Protect Medicaid" series for more information.
- Preserve Medicare for current and future seniors and people with disabilities - Premium support and other restructuring proposals to shift more costs onto beneficiaries would make health care far less affordable and accessible to seniors and people with disabilities.
Learn more about the Cassidy-Collins replacement bill, and why it is a "totally inadequate substitute for the ACA".
(Action info courtesy of Mara Youdelman of the National Health Law Program.)