Republican tax bill strips health coverage away from 13 million Americans

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The Senate tax bill decimates our health care. Democrats are being left out of the process. Call Republican Senators today and tell them to vote NO!

ACTION:
The tax measure adds billions to the federal deficit and will require steep cuts to health care programs. Republicans want to pass this tax overhaul by a simple majority vote. Senate Democrats are left out of the mix. So far, several Republicans have expressed reservations about the bill. Please focus on these Senators TODAY.

If you have friends or family in the Senators’ states, please have them call also, and urge them to stand firm for a well-crafted bipartisan tax reform measure that will not take health care away from 13 million Americans in order to give tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. If time allows, call your own Senators as well. Your voice is necessary to stop this bill.

Susan Collins (ME)
(202) 224-2523

Bob Corker (TN)
(202) 224-3344

Jeff Flake (NV)
(202) 224-4521

John McCain (NV)
(202) 224-2235

Lisa Murkowski (AK)
(202) 224-6665

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:
“Senator — I am calling because we need principled Republicans like you to vote NO on the Senate tax bill. The bill defies Republican principles by adding at least $1.5 trillion to the national deficit and undermines U.S. health care programs like the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare. The Republican Party can do better. Thank you for standing up for party principles and for the health of all Americans.”

BACKGROUND:
The Senate tax bill scheduled for a vote this week gives enormous tax cuts to the rich and corporations and defies previous Republican Party doctrine by adding $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. A Congressional Budget Office report released on Sunday found that in 2019 Americans earning $30,000.00 annually or less would lose money under this tax bill and by 2027, most of those earning $75,000.00 annually or less would lose money.

In order to pay for tax cuts favoring only those making more than $100,000 a year and largely benefiting the extremely wealthy and corporations, the Senate bill includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate—the part of the law that requires most people to have health coverage—which will drive up premiums in the individual market, destabilizing and even destroying that market and eventually will require steep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare (a program President Trump promised not to cut during the presidential campaign), and other domestic programs.

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, repealing the individual mandate will yield $53 billion in annual savings by 2027. That will only pay for about a third of the tax cuts for the corporations alone. The repeal will also lead to 13 million more Americans uninsured, raise premiums for millions, particularly those with pre-existing conditions like HIV and hepatitis C, and decimate the ACA – something the Trump Administration has deliberately been attempting to do since the failed Republican effort to repeal the health care act.

There’s much more to dislike in this Senate bill. Tax cuts for low and moderate income Americans are meager and temporary—the bill will actually raise taxes for some of these Americans over the next decade—and coastal and Democratic states like California (the states that did not vote for Trump) lose their tax deductions for state and local taxes. To read more on the tax bill, see the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities or the Tax Policy Center.

Please take action today.