The Senate is set to vote as early as today on tax reform legislation that would repeal key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please enter your information in the boxes to the right and urge your Senators to vote AGAINST eliminating the individual mandate.
The Senate plan being debated would repeal the ACA’s individual mandate, leaving as many as 13 million low- and middle-income Americans without insurance over the next decade, including five million individuals now receiving Medicaid. It would also cause premiums to rise by about 10 percent for most of the next decade – costs that people with spinal cord injuries (or anyone) should not be forced to endure.
The ACA is a vital source of health coverage for underserved communities, and has drastically reduced the number of people without insurance. Gutting the key component that makes it work would be devastating to the mobility-impaired community, and put coverage out of financial reach for far too many Americans.
The Senate proposal also poses a significant threat to Medicaid’s long-term stability, as it would increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion; to offset these reductions, Congress may well look to cut spending across Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and other critical programs that Americans with disabilities rely on in order to pay for the tax cuts. Reducing the amount of federal funding provided to states through Medicaid – while at the same time returning 13 million people to the roles of the uninsured – will put an overwhelming strain on the health care system.
When combined with the eliminated tax deductions in the House bill, the coverage losses will be devastating to the disability community. Please send a letter to your Senators and urge them to stop this dangerous legislation.