Saying NO to TrumpCare
Every one of us should enjoy the freedom to be healthy through affordable, accessible health care coverage. Last week, that freedom was threatened when House Republicans rushed through a vote, without telling the American people what it would cost us, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with TrumpCare. This was a setback for all of us, but I will not stop fighting for this freedom.
The ACA has been a success for the American people. And where it has not been a success, we should work together in a bipartisan manner to make it so. Under the ACA, our uninsured rate has fallen to all-time lows. Millions of people have been protected from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to a pre-existing condition. And millions more have been able to access affordable, quality, life-saving care by staying on their parents plan until age 26 or gaining coverage through Medicaid expansion.
TrumpCare shreds this success to pieces. Under TrumpCare, your premiums will go up, protections for people with pre-existing conditions are no longer guaranteed, and Americans aged 50 to 64 face a crushing age tax, that could have them pay premiums up to five times higher than what others pay for health care. Patient, physician, and hospital groups, from the American Cancer Society to the American Medical Association to the American Hospital Association, all opposed this legislation considering the degree of damage it may cause. Ultimately, TrumpCare could leave 24 million Americans without health care coverage over the next 10 years – while giving $600 billion in tax giveaways to the very wealthy and big corporations.
But this is about more than numbers. It's about people. I think of John Cameron, from my hometown, Dublin. John is an independent contractor, with many working years ahead of him. However, for the past few years he has needed both of his hips replaced. He said before the ACA, it would have cost over $100,000. He never could afford to do that, so he worked in pain, and risked losing many working years once his hips gave in. Under the ACA, John got the procedure he needed at an affordable rate. That's why we need to protect the ACA, to help people like John.
Last week was a dark time in Congress, but the fight is not over to protect the ACA. TrumpCare now awaits action in the Senate, and I will be sure to make my voice heard to ensure we protect your care. I stand willing to work across the aisle to strengthen and update the ACA. I hope House Republicans will come to the table and collaborate to strengthen the progress we have made and not throw it away just for political purposes.
As always, it is an honor to serve you in the U.S. Congress. Please visit my website or contact my East Bay office at 510-370-3322 if we can be of service in any way. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell and Facebook.
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