Weekly Update: The Cost of ACA Repeal in Oregon

The Cost of ACA Replacement in Oregon

Governor Kate Brown released a report last week, showing how much a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will cost Oregon. The report found that 23,000 healthcare jobs will be cut, and the rate of uninsured Oregonians will triple – leaving as many as 465,000 people without health care coverage.

As reported earlier by Oregon Public Broadcasting, the report is changing the minds of people skeptical of Obamacare:

Dan Grigg, the CEO of Harney District Hospital in Burns, said he wasn’t initially a fan of Obamacare. “If the reports are true and the number of people lose coverage because of the American Health Care Act, we will once again have families and neighbors and friends who will put off getting care, who will wait because they can’t afford it, and end up showing up in the ER much more worse than they would have been if they’d gotten treatment earlier.”

The rest of this week’s Weekly Update is about taking action to defend health care in Oregon. Please take a moment from your day to make your voice heard!

Call Now to Save Health Care for 24 Million Americans

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed he will be bringing the terrible Republican health care bill up for a vote on Thursday.

The Congressional Budget Office released its score on this horrible legislation last week, and it found that 24 million people would have their health care benefits taken away by 2026. Too many families in your state and across the country would be forced to make the unthinkable choice of either going to the doctor and paying for prescription drugs when someone gets sick or paying rent and buying groceries.

Right now, Ryan, Trump and Republican leaders are scrambling to get the votes they need to pass this bill. Your representative needs to hear from you.

Click here to call now to tell your representative to vote NO on the Republican health care bill because we need a plan that expands coverage for more working people instead of putting high-quality care out of reach.

Here’s a sample script you can use for your call:

“Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Rep. _________. I’m calling to tell Rep. _______ to oppose the Republican health care bill when it comes up for a vote on Thursday or in the coming weeks. This bill would be a disaster for working people like myself and would only benefit the super-rich and corporate CEOs. We need a health care plan that expands coverage for everyone, not one that cuts it.”

There are tens of millions of people who will be hurt by this bill. This bill does nothing to stop the skyrocketing prices of medical care and prescription drugs and hurts millions of working people with a tax if they get their health care through their employer.

The only winners in this bill are the super-rich and CEOs from health care corporations who are going to get a huge tax break. Analysis of the bill shows that 40% of the tax giveaways in this bill would go to the richest 1% and more than $300 billion in tax breaks will go to insurance companies, drug companies, medical device companies and health care CEOs.

This bill is not about making sure everyone has the right to quality, affordable care. It’s a huge shift of money to the wealthy and a part of a broader plan to gut Medicare and Medicaid benefits that Republicans have been pursuing for years now.

We need to do everything we can to not only protect the health care people have now but to also expand coverage, so more people have access to high-quality care.

Call now and tell your representative to oppose the Republican health care bill.

ACA Day of Action in Bend & Medford Tomorrow

Congressman Greg Walden is one of the principal authors of the legislation that will repeal the ACA, kick 24 million Americans off their health insurance, and cut Medicaid funding for Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities – all while giving a massive tax break to the rich and powerful. In Oregon, 465,000 will lose coverage under the ACA replacement plan.

On Thursday, Congressman Walden’s constituents will deliver letters and rally at his Bend and Medford offices asking the Congressman to protect affordable healthcare.

Rally at Congressman Walden’s District Offices

11:30 am, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Congressman Walden’s Bend Office
(1051 NW Bond St., Suite 400, Bend, OR 97701

Congressman Walden’s Medford Office
14 N. Central Ave., Suite 112, Medford, OR 97501

Write to Congressman Walden

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden has played a lead role to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will leave 24 million people without health care coverage, raise insurance premiums for lower income and older Americans, and hit rural communities (including here in Oregon) the hardest. An expected 465,000 Oregonians stand to lose health care coverage under the repeal of the ACA.

Meanwhile, he rarely holds town hall meetings. As a constituent of Congressman Greg Walden, please send his office a letter asking for his accountability to the people he represents. As our Congressman, Representative Greg Walden needs to hear from impacted community members about what repealing the Affordable Care Act means for Oregonians.

It’s time to speak up for health care, and for accountability.  Please take a few minutes to send Congressman Walden an email today.