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Over 600,000 North Carolinians enrolled in life-saving health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace last year, and another 300,000+ uninsured state residents could still qualify for coverage through Medicaid as called for by the law. Nationwide, more than 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage thanks to the ACA.
President Donald Trump and conservative leaders in Congress have vowed to repeal the ACA. Even worse, they plan to repeal the law without voting on a replacement plan.
Repealing the law without a plan to provide coverage will jeopardize the health, financial security, and overall well-being of millions of Americans, especially people living with pre-existing health conditions, resulting in nearly 30 million Americans losing coverage. What’s more, a repeal-without-replace vote would send the health care system into chaos.
Tell Congress: NO REPEAL WITHOUT REPLACE! Don’t vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without coming up with a replacement plan that provides continued access to quality, affordable coverage for North Carolinians.
In the coming days and weeks, Congress will unveil a proposal to slash billions of dollars in federal funding for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant. Radically restructuring Medicaid, which has a 52-year track record of success, would leave North Carolina without the financial resources for our state budget needs. Even worse, Medicaid cuts put North Carolina’s most vulnerable—children, people with disabilities and complex health care needs, and seniors in nursing homes—at risk.
Tell your state representatives in the General Assembly to stand up and protect North Carolina from draconian cuts to the Medicaid program by Congress. Don’t let Congress ration health care for our most vulnerable!
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4 on a 217-213 vote despite bipartisan opposition to the bill, which would bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, slash over $800 billion in Medicaid funding, and leave 24 million Americans uninsured.
But this horrible bill or one like it has to pass the Senate before it gets to the President’s desk.