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22 Jun Secret ‘wealthcare’ bill is out, and it’s bad

June 22, 2017 Like the worst jack-in-the-box ever, the Senate health care bill popped out of a secretive Senate working group today. If it becomes law, it would throw millions off health insurance by cutting Medicaid deeply to give massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%. Now that we have the actual bill, working people will mount a massive effort to kill it. Message of the Day—Secret ‘Wealthcare’ Bill Is Out, Bad! Reckless Republican leaders in the Senate have produced this bill in unprecedented secrecy, hiding the fact that it would, for instance, throw patients out of nursing homes to give tax breaks to billionaires. This irresponsible bill will be incredibly unpopular. The House version is one of the least-liked pieces of legislation in history—only 8% thought it should become law. The Senate version is just as bad. The impact of this bill would be devastating. The health care of millions of Americans—from military veterans to young children, from the elderly to working families—hangs in the balance. Democratic and Republican legislators should come together to improve and expand health care—ending the tax on quality health plans, expanding Medicaid and lowering prescription drug costs. Kitchen Table Economics Two of every three: That’s the portion of Americans in nursing homes who are served by Medicaid, from which the Senate health bill would cut billions to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Take Action Protect America’s health! ...

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19 Jun Expand Medicaid! It works!

June 19, 2017 The American Health Care Act, which Republican leaders want to pass in the next two weeks, would kick seniors out of nursing homes to give tax breaks to corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1%. A new video from the AFL-CIO lays out the facts about why each of us should call 888-865-8089 to tell our senators to vote NO on the AHCA. Message of the Day—Expand Medicaid! It Works! Medicaid saves seniors. Medicaid is one of the single best programs to help seniors afford nursing home care. Medicaid helps people stay at home longer. Medicaid helps seniors and people with significant disabilities stay at home by offering programs to bring health care directly to them. Medicaid protects children. Medicaid pays for nearly half of all childbirths in the United States and guarantees more than 30 million children access to medical care. People with special needs rely on Medicaid. Nearly 5 million children with special care needs, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, are covered by Medicaid and other public insurance. Kitchen Table Economics $80,000: That’s the typical cost of a year of nursing home care in a semiprivate room. WTF (We Think It’s Funny) Take Action Protect America’s health! ...

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