Broken Promises on Health Care

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

A word on the Senate health care bill from our friends at Tennessee Justice Center:

The Senate just released its version of the American Health Care Act. We are analyzing the bill now, but one thing is clear:
The Senators broke their promise. They promised to improve our health care system and promised to protect the health coverage of their constituents. This bill does not do that. And it is on the verge of becoming law, as the Senate plans to vote on the health bill next week.
When the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4th, Senators promised a top-to-bottom revamp of the House’s version of the AHCA. TN’s Senator Lamar Alexander said, “We’re writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill.”
The Senators broke that promise, and it appears that the Senate version retains much of the House bill, with modest adjustments. The Senate bill:
  1. Would cause millions to lose their health coverage.
  2. Drastically cuts and caps the entire Medicaid program, cutting the program by even more than the House bill. This puts coverage at risk for almost 1.6 million Tennesseans, largely people with disabilities, seniors, and families with children.
  3. Raises premiums and deductibles for millions of Americans who buy coverage in the individual marketplace.
  4. Guts consumer protections, leaving people with pre-existing conditions without access to needed health care.
  5. Allows states to drop requirements that plans cover basic services, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment.
  6. Gives enormous tax cuts to the wealthy.
The Senate is expected to vote on the health bill NEXT WEEK. There will be NO public hearings and NO expert testimony on the bill.

First, we need to call now and tell Senators Alexander and Corker to vote no on the AHCA:

Next, we need to tell them that we will not stand for this secrecy and lack of transparency.
Join us for the “AHCA Public Hearing” forum in Nashville next Monday, June 26
Next Monday evening, a panel of experts will convene, and the public will have a forum where they can ask the questions that the Senators are refusing to ask about the health care bill.
TN’s Senators and their staff will be invited to attend. The questions and statements by the panel of experts will also be captured and sent to Senators Alexander and Corker, with the urgent request that they publicly answer these questions before voting on the American Health Care Act.
Monday, June 26
6:30-8:30 PM
John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University
1207 18th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
The panel of experts will discuss the questions at the forum, and the questions and the expert’s statements will be sent to TN’s Senators.

David Plazas
Deputy Opinion and Engagement Director
Opinion and Engagement Editor

The Tennessean

Panel of experts:
Linda O’Neal
Executive Director
Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth
Dr. Matthew Harris
Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics
Research Assistant Professor in the Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Andrew Pfeffer
Emergency Room Physician

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Bill Zechman
 Insurance Agent
State Farm, McMinnville
Dr. Carole Myers
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health/College of Nursing
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Together, let’s raise our voices and let our Senators know that it’s not okay to leave the experts and the American public out of discussions on the future of health care in this nation.

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