The Republican “Healthcare” Bill is a Health Hazard

health insurance denial smallHealthcare is only lifesaving if you can get it. And Congress is about to vote in the next 48 hours on a bill that will put women’s lives at risk by reducing access to life-saving healthcare coverage and increasing costs for the people who need it most.

We can stop this! Write, call and contact your Representative on social media NOW! 

The latest amendments to the Republicans’ proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would make it even harder—and in many cases impossible—for millions of people to have access to vital healthcare and necessary treatments by:

  • Ending protections for pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to charge exorbitant rates for both current and past health conditions, and
  • Eliminating minimum standards of coverage, including life-saving prescriptions, a vital part of many breast cancer treatments.

This is on top of charging women and older people more for their healthcare, ending the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, and cutting back critical subsidies for low- and middle-income families!

Contact your Representative right now and tell them that if they care about our health, they will oppose this plan to take away healthcare from millions of people.

Our calls made a difference the last time the Republicans tried to restrict healthcare. And we can stop this bill, which would let insurance companies discriminate based on health history and the one-in-four people who may be considered to have a pre-existing condition!

What does it mean? The Center for American Progress has estimated that patients could be charged an additional:

  • $28,230 for women with breast cancer
  • $140,510 for people with metastatic cancer

Make no mistake, there are very real problems in our healthcare system. But the proposed Republican bill will only make things worse—raising costs and restricting coverage. Access to affordable healthcare means life or death for women at risk of and living with breast cancer. 

We need to improve and build upon the successes of the ACA and move toward a single-payer health care model, not take us backward with this proposed plan. Thank you for taking action on this critical issue.

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