Tell Congress, “ACA Repeal Without Replacement is Dead on Arrival”
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
NMA CALL TO ACTION
Tell Congress, "ACA Repeal Without Replacement is Dead on Arrival"
Recently, the 115th Congress has taken threatening actions toward the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA (also known as "Obamacare") has expanded insurance coverage for millions of people. Upholding the gains of the ACA is a healthcare issue—not partisan politics.
As the Obama administration now comes to an end, the National Medical Association (NMA) renews its support of the ACA which successfully:
- Prohibits denials based on pre-existing medical conditions for 52 million people;1
- Expanded Medicaid programs in 32 states (16 Republican Governors) & the District of Columbia;2
- Requires equity in medical coverage for women;
- Allows children up to age 26 to be covered on their parents' insurance;
- Prevents lifetime limits on insurance coverage payments; and
- Allows coverage of 11.5 million ACA marketplace enrollees nationally (6.3 million in Republican congressional districts)3
Congressional repeal is not acceptable without a viable replacement program, at an affordable rate, that maintains or increases these coverage gains.
NMA members and colleagues are urged to join me in the fight to save the ACA! Call Congress TODAY to set the record straight: the ACA is working for America, doesn't kill jobs, and has already saved countless lives.
In fact, initial reports indicate that repeal of the ACA would cause the number of uninsured people to rise 103% to 58.7 million in 2019, with 12.9 million fewer people with Medicaid or CHIP coverage.4
Contact the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your U.S. Senators and Representatives, or find the direct number to any member's office by consulting the Senate phone list or House phone list.
Tell Congress that you oppose the repeal of ACA.
Very truly yours,
Richard Allen Williams, M.D.
117th President, National Medical Association
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1-3 "Health Reform", The Kaiser Family Foundation, n.d. web. 15 January 2017.
4 Buettgens, Matthew et. al., "The Impact on Health Care", Urban Institute, January 5, 2017 web. 15 January 2017.