Taxing the Sick and the Old

That’s the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the one that passed the House and is now headed to the Senate. The one Senator Lamar Alexander, as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is uniquely positioned to stop.

More on the “old age” tax from Public News Service:

Analysts predict insurance premiums could go up by as much as $8,000 for people 50 and older under the American Health Care Act that will go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days.

In addition to removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the bill would allow insurers to charge as much as five times the premiums for older policyholders compared to their younger counterparts. The plan is raising concerns for people like Cecilia Munoz, who served as director of domestic policy in the Obama administration.

“The AARP is calling what the House passed an ‘age tax.’ If Congress is going to be tinkering with health care coverage, they should be focusing on ways to make sure that costs go down, rather than up,” Munoz said. “The results of what the House passed are really very clear: people lose coverage, fewer people will have coverage; the people who have coverage will be paying more for their premiums.”

We’re not going to take this — not without a fight!

There’s a direct action opportunity tomorrow — a chance for you to stand up and share your voice.

Can’t make it but want to speak out? Here are the phone numbers you can call:

Let staff answering the phone know that you are a Tennessee voter and that you consider this an urgent matter.  Please also ask staff to have the Senator get back with you to explain their positions, and please be persistent!

Lamar Alexander: Bob Corker:
Washington DC: 202.224.4944 Washington DC: 202.224.3344
Nashville: 615.736.5129 Nashville: 615.279.8125
Chattanooga: 423.752.5337 Chattanooga: 423.756.2757
Jackson: 731.664.0289 Jackson: 731.664.2294
Knoxville: 865.545.4253 Knoxville: 865.637.4180
Memphis: 901.544.4224 Memphis: 901.683.1910
Tri-Cities: 423.325.6240 Tri-Cities: 423.753.2263

 

For more on how you can join the fight to protect access to affordable health care, follow @TNCitizenAction


 

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