Advocacy Call To Action
GOP Sen. Susan Collins Calls Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill ‘Unacceptable’ (from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Series)
The Senate Republican effort to “repeal and replace” the existing Affordable Care Act, which is also known as “Obama Care,” is still being worked on. While there is some confusion about what is in the current version of the bill, all versions have devastating consequences for people with pre-existing conditions. If you’ve ever had a spinal cord injury then you have a pre-existing condition! It’s not just people with SCI; nearly everyone I know has a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even allergies. Below are some links to help you become more informed, and to help you find your elected representatives. Please email, call, or visit your representatives to let them know how the effort to repeal the ACA will impact you.
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On Friday, the heads of the industry’s two leading advocacy groups — America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Assn. — called the Senate bill “simply unworkable,” warning it “would undermine protections for those with preexisting medical conditions.”
Similarly, in a letter to Senate leaders this month, the American Academy of Actuaries warned that provisions of the Senate GOP bill “could erode preexisting condition protections” and “make it more difficult for high-cost individuals and groups to obtain coverage.”
Nearly every major patient advocacy organization has reached the same conclusion.
“Older and sicker individuals … would face the full cost of these higher premiums, leaving millions of people with chronic conditions and disabilities unable to afford the kind of coverage they need,” a coalition of 13 patient groups wrote in a letter to senators last week, condemning the latest version of the Senate bill.
The coalition includes the American Heart Assn., the American Lung Assn., the March of Dimes, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the AARP and the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society.