On Wednesday, the Republican plan to strip away health care from millions was headed for failure because, for the furthest extremes of the party, it didn’t go far enough to screw over the American people. So Republicans’ rolled up their sleeves, got to work, and here's what they came up with:
… to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.
Freedom Caucus members, led by Meadows, want at least some parts of Title One of the bill removed. Included in Title One are many of the Affordable Care Act's benefits, like a prohibition on insurers denying coverage over pre-existing conditions and a prohibition on lifetime and annual limits.
So, what’s left? Massive tax cuts for the wealthy.
The House is scheduled to vote on this today—THURSDAY, MARCH 23—even if you already called your member of Congress, do it again by calling the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Jam the phone lines, urge them to vote NO. Do it now!
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