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And speaking of Health Care and Obamacare I got This in the EMail Today To Pass Along:

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November 1st marked the beginning of Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act in most states (it was already ongoing in California). Open enrollment runs until December 15th in many states, a few have an extended deadline. (Note that Medicare open enrollment runs through December 7th too.)

Did you know many people are eligible for cheap -- or even free -- insurance on the marketplace?

Because the Trump administration cut outreach funds, it's more important than ever that we spread the word. Access to affordable health care saves lives. It saved mine. I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer over two years ago, and would not be typing this email today without the treatments I received thanks to the ACA. Obamacare saved my life.

There's lots of talk about future health care reforms, but in the meantime it's important to make sure people have health insurance coverage right now.

Please consider posting on social media and emailing your friends about HealthCare.gov.

Healthcare.gov is the best place to start when shopping for a good health insurance policy if you don't have coverage through an employer or another program like Medicare or Medicaid.

Thanks for all you do,
Laura Packard
Voices of Health Care

P.S. Please share the word on social media about open enrollment today!

#PublicServiceAnnouncement #VoicesOfHealthCare #Obamacare #ACA #AffordableCareAct #SpreadTheWord
 
"The Affordable Care Act was already in peril after a federal judge in Texas invalidated the entire law late last year. But the stakes were ramped up in March, when President Trump’s administration changed its position and agreed with the judge that the entire law, not just three pieces of it, should be scrapped."

"The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans is hearing arguments July 9 on an appeal of the judge’s ruling by a coalition of states. If the Texas decision were upheld, tens of millions more people would be affected than those who already rely on the nine-year-old law for health insurance. Also known as Obamacare, the law touches the lives of most Americans, from nursing mothers to people eating at chain restaurants."

"Here are some potential consequences, based on estimates by various groups."

#ACA #healthcare

The New York Times: What Happens if Obamacare Is Struck Down? (By REED ABELSON, ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR)

 
Craven and depraved.

194 Republicans vote to fund Trump's effort to gut protections for preexisting conditions

"Instead of stopping Trump's health care sabotage, Republicans vote to stand on his side."

"On Thursday night, Republicans had the chance to show they would fight for Americans with preexisting conditions but sided with Trump's anti-health care agenda instead."

"Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) offered an amendment to a spending bill to prohibit any funding for litigation to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The amendment passed by a 238-194 vote, with Democrats unifying behind it but joined by only four Republicans."

"The rest of the GOP refused to stand up for the 134 million Americans who have preexisting conditions."

#GOP #ACA #PreexistingConditions #healthcare
 
Latest update:

"June 13, 2019"

"The Trump Administration finalizes a rule on health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that will likely lead employers to shift millions of workers from traditional employer-sponsored group health plans to individual coverage with a limited employer contribution. Under the rule, employers can forgo offering coverage and instead contribute money to a tax-free account for employees, who would then use it to help buy their own coverage. The complexity of enrolling in an individual plan (compared to employer coverage) could lead to more employees losing coverage and will make employees more susceptible to broker schemes that enroll them in skimpy plans instead of comprehensive coverage."

"Employers with sicker workers are likelier to take up this option, which could raise premiums for everyone in the marketplace. It comes at a cost to taxpayers of $51 billion over ten years — resources that could have been used to make existing forms of coverage more affordable.""

#ACA #healthcare #GOP
 
Shocker.

Republicans who said they’d protect people with pre-existing conditions vote against bill to do that

"The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would block the Trump administration from granting states the leeway to skirt Obamacare rules —- a measure designed to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions continue to receive affordable robust coverage — in a 236 to 183 vote. The bill is not expected to pass the GOP-controlled Senate, but even if it does, the president has threatened to veto the measure."

"Every House Democrat and four Republicans voted in favor of the bill, H.R. 986, known as the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. Meanwhile, 183 Republicans voted against it — including members who vowed in 2018 that they would protect people with pre-existing conditions."

#GOP #Healthcare #PreexistingConditions #ACA
Republicans who said they’d protect people with pre-existing conditions vote against bill to do that
 
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