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A message from Chris Carson, LWVUS president, about the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

The U.S. Senate has finally unveiled their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and it is even worse than the version we saw from the U.S. House.

This is a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans and it is time to stand up and urge your Senators to reject it.

The “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” will cut coverage and raise costs for millions of Americans while giving a huge tax break to the wealthiest individuals and large corporations. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on.

Tell your Senators this legislation is not worthy of this great nation.

Written in secret, by a few select Senators from one political party, this bill will leave millions of Americans without health insurance. If this backroom bill passes it will fundamentally change the way laws are passed in America. Transparency and openness in the legislative process are important because they improve the final product and this bill clearly has the deep flaws that result from its secret drafting.

Senate leadership is counting on pushing this legislation through without public input because they fear what we might discover. Don’t let secret legislation that threatens the lives of millions of Americans become the law of the land. Call your Senators today!

Any bill that moves forward must do the following:

Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can’t be used to deny coverage or raise rates.
Ensure health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women.
Provide coverage of preventive care, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps.
Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services.

 

Local news:
KCUR (89.3 FM) Statehouse Blend  is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts. You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date at 11 a.m.

Kansas news:
Civil rights: Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues report about voting rights and the SAFE Act. The report urges the Kansas legislature to reconsider voting requirements in the context of these findings.
LWVK State Council included a presentation, “Effect on Schools by State Education Funding” by Saline School Superintendent William Hall.

National news:
LWVUS suggests Ten Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy