Congressional Republicans are still planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that 20 to 30 million Americans will lose life-saving health coverage if they do. So far, Republicans have dodged and deflected questions about the devastating and potentially deadly impact of their plans, while offering no alternative.
To fully understand the cruelty of this action, we need to remember that each of those 20-30 million people who stand to lose coverage is a living, breathing human being. They are our parents, siblings, cousins, co-workers, and neighbors. To help comprehend the human impact of Obamacare repeal, Michigan-based healthcare analyst Charles Gaba has broken down the people who stand to potentially lose coverage by Congressional district. For example, almost 30,000 people could lose health insurance in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District (formerly represented by Trump’s Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tom Price, a vocal supporter of Obamacare repeal):
See Charles Gaba’s chart breakdowns here. Gaba is in the process of breaking down every state in America, and has completed several so far. The benefit of charts like these is that they localize the issue; with progressives making a huge nationwide effort to put pressure on politicians locally, these kinds of numbers can be invaluable. When you call or visit your Senators’ or Representatives’ offices, use the hard numbers that apply to their district – it’s their constituents (translation: voters) they pay attention to, not the nationwide totals.
The ACA may not be perfect, but to repeal it wholesale with no replacement risks the health and lives of 20 to 30 million American citizens. Make sure you know where your representatives stand on the repeal, and make damn sure they know how you feel about it. Contact your Senators and Representatives. If you want to support the continuation of Charles Gaba’s work, you can donate to his effort here.
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