Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote to take away health insurance from 24 million Americans like Steven.
Steven, 27, was diagnosed with cancer last year. Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he was able to get insurance he could afford and access the healthcare he needed. Steven credits the care he received at the Los Angeles LGBT Center with saving his life. For Steven, the most terrifying moments since his diagnosis has been the uncertainty of how he will afford the treatment he still needs if the ACA is repealed.
President Trump has promised a plan that provides “better healthcare for more people at a lesser cost.” Tomorrow, the House will vote on a plan that covers less and costs more. Millions will lose insurance. The average cost for people who can keep insurance will increase more than $4,800 per person each year. Meanwhile, individuals earning in the 1% income bracket will receive between $33,000 and $197,000 in tax cuts each year.
In addition to individuals, states will bear the brunt of the financial burdens under the plan. California Gov. Jerry Brown called the proposal an “insult to democracy itself,” warning that the plan will add $6 billion in costs a year to California. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones warned that repealing the ACA would return us “to a time when the shadow of financial catastrophe loomed over every family." (Use this map to find out how the ACA repeal will impact your state.)
In every way that counts, we as individuals…as families…as communities…as states…and as a nation cannot afford this plan. Act now to #SaveACA.
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March 22, 2017