Before ACA, conservatives insisted the government has no business helping people to get medical care. After 20 million more people got health-care coverage through ACA, a sizable number of Republican members of
But the American Health Care Act, the plan that's currently being rushed through
Some conservatives ridicule the ACHA as Obamacare 2.0, but it's more like Obamacare 0.25. Many of the ACA protections remain: people can't be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, there are no lifetime caps on coverage, children can stay on parents' health care until age 26. But by changing the way subsidies are figured, as well as providing less money for them, millions of people who now get insurance through ACA will no longer be able to afford it. Oh, but they will have access.
It's time to get back on the phones -- and streets -- to tell Republican members of
But that's not all. At the same time, urge
Include a "public option," a government-run health-care alternative to private insurance plans that, like
Allow people over 55 to buy into
In addition, increase
No question that a true Obama-care 2.0 is a political impossibility now. But while proclaiming (loudly) what we are against, it's also essential to make clear what we are "for."
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