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1/17/2011

Republicans in Congress Urged in New TV Ad: Don’t Vote to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge, Don’t Vote to Deny American Families the Same Health Protections You Have

 

Do No Harm: Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Let Big Insurance Go Back to Dropping Americans When They Get Sick and Need it Most, Imposing Limits on Coverage, and Denying Access to Kids Born With “pre-existing” Conditions

 

 

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Washington DC– With the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives expected to vote this week on backwards-looking, job-hurting, deficit-increasing legislation to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, progressive issue-advocacy group Americans United for Change hit the airwaves with a new television ad today urging Congress not to vote to let the insurance industry off the hook – not to take away the welcome new consumer health protections already making the difference in peoples’ lives between having access to quality, affordable health care and not.  See script below for “Good Enough for Them” -- airing on a mix of national (CNN) and local cable news in the nation’s capital, challenging Representatives to keep the health protections they enjoy as Members of Congress in place for all American families.  View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwPJCt-am6I

 

Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change:“’First, do no harm,’ it’s a solemn oath taken by our physicians before entering into practice. What if members of Congress had to take the same oath?   Would it give them pause before they vote to null and void the consumer protections now in place for all Americans from the most deplorable insurance company practices?   Make no mistake: a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a vote to put big insurance back in charge so they can go right back maximizing profits by dropping people when they get sick and need coverage the most, imposing lifetime caps in coverage, and denying coverage to sick kids because they happened to be born with a medical problem or disability.  It’s a vote to let insurance companies go back to raising premiums four times faster than wages without consequence.   A vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a vote to deny American families the same kind of health protections members of Congress enjoy and would still enjoy if the misguided Republican effort is successful.” 

 

“What about the economy; a vote for repeal is a vote for putting 400,000 Americans out of work a yearand adding $230 billion to the deficit over the next decade,” continued McMahon.  “With almost two-thirds of all bankruptcies in this country due to medical bills, a vote to repeal is a vote to make the problem worse by keeping 32 million Americans uninsured and letting insurers go back to their old ways of cutting and running at the worst possible time.  A vote for repeal is a vote to raise health care costs for families by up to $2,000 per year, to stop allowing young adults up to 26 stay on their parents’ plans, to take away free preventive checkups and up to $1,500 in assistance for seniors to afford their prescription costs, and to take away the new tax credits helping small businesses across the country provide quality, affordable coverage for their employees.   We hope that members who are considering voting for a full scale repeal of health care reform first ask themselves: “Am I doing more harm, than good?”

 

Ø  WHAT’S AT STAKE: SEE HealthCare.gov: NEW CONSUMER PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY TAKEN EFFECT UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

 

“Good Enough for Them”

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SCRIPT

FACTS

ANNCR:  Members of Congress know their health insurance plan can’t deny coverage for their kids.

Congressmen can rest assured that their insurance plan won’t drop their families if they get sick

 

 

Members of Congress receive coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which allows them protections others are not normally afforded.  “According to the Congressional Research Service, the FEHBP offers about 300 different private health care plans... All plans cover hospital, surgical and physician services, and mental health services, prescription drugs and "catastrophic" coverage against very large medical expenses…there are no exclusions for preexisting conditions… In addition, members of Congress also qualify for some medical benefits that ordinary federal workers do not.” [Factcheck.org, 8/25/09]

ANNCR:   The Affordable Care Act gave your family the same health protections members of Congress get.

CG:Affordable Care Act

 

 

 

From Reuters Fact Box:

WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF ENACTMENT

*Insurance companies will be barred from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and annual limits are to be restricted.

*Insurers will be barred from excluding children for coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

*Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' health plans until the age of 26. Many health plans currently drop dependents from coverage when they turn 19 or finish college.

*Uninsured adults with a pre-existing conditions will be able to obtain health coverage

*Medicare drug beneficiaries who fall into the "doughnut hole" coverage gap will get a $250 rebate

[Reuters, 3/19/10]

 

ANNCR: But Republicans want to take that protection away from your family.

“House Republicans have rescheduled the vote to repeal the health care law to next week.” [NPR, 1/13/11]

ANNCR:   They want to put insurance companies back in charge.  

If repealed, insurance companies would again be able to drop coverage if you get sick, or deny care if you reach a lifetime limit. “Insurance companies often leave patients without coverage when they need it the most, causing them to put off needed care, compromising their health and driving up the cost of care when they get it. Too often, insurance companies put insurance company bureaucrats between you and your doctor. The Affordable Care Act cracks down on the some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry while providing the stability and the flexibility that families and businesses need to make the choices that work best for them.”

[healthreform.gov]

 

ANNCR:   Call Congress.

Tell them: you deserve the same health insurance protections they get.

Tell them: Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act.

CG:  YOU deserve the same health care protections as CONGRESS

 

Don’t Repeal the Affordable Care Act

 

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