Don't Worry - Congress Will Still Have A Cushy Health Plan
In the midst of this ACA repeal debacle, have you asked yourself what kind of healthcare our members of congress (MoC) and their staff receive?
Since 2014, they too have to buy their insurance through the ACA's health exchanges. However, 72% of the cost is subsidized by the federal government. That means, MoC and staff pay only 28% of their annual healthcare premiums out-of-pocket.
This subsidy was arranged so that those in Congress would still have low-cost healthcare similar to what they formerly received under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB). It follows that, if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, members of Congress would be able to return to the federal plan that they, like millions of federal employees, were so fond of. Twenty million other Americans won’t.
The House votes on the ACA repeal bill on THURSDAY - Call your Member of Congress TODAY. Many Republican representatives are already waffling under constituent pressure- be the call that tips them over to a "NO" vote. If you have Dem reps, still call and make sure they are voting "NO."
1. TIP it over to a "NO" vote in the house. Dial your reps and tell them you oppose the ACA repeal bill.
2. Ask your Facebook friends in states where Republicans are waffling on the legislation to do the same Type in "my friends in Arkansas" and tell those people to please call their reps. Give them the above number.
Repeat for these states: New Jersey, Maine, Florida, Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Utah, Texas, Nevada, Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania.
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
I am calling to ask Rep ____ to vote against the ACA repeal bill this Thursday in the House Bvote. I am alarmed at what it will take away from average Americans like myself, in terms of healthcare, and what it will give to wealthy Americans in terms of tax cuts. The repeal will take away health coverage from millions and will be especially detrimental to the elderly, and the poorest of Americans. I will take into account how you vote on this, come re-election time.