If the Republican-controlled Senate is successful in passing this legislation, between 20 and 30 MILLION Americans will immediately lose their health insurance. Countless others will see their rates rise substantially. Millions more will lose their insurance over the coming years as their health costs rise and private companies are further enabled to withdraw coverage as the definition of 'pre-existing conditions' is expanded.
While Republicans have assured the public that they will eventually replace the ACA, the current proposal is little more than a glorified individual savings account that can only be spent on government-approved health services (read: extremely limited gynocological care, with birth control and other family planning services probably fully exempt from coverage).
If this legislation passes, the United States will once again be the ONLY DEVELOPED NATION whose citizens do not have universal health coverage. We are, per capita, the wealthiest nation on the planet. This is not a question of being able to afford the cost--study after study has proven that the preventative care made possible by the ACA will massively reduce our federal deficit. (The Congressional Budget Office has projected that by 2032, the ACA will have reduced the deficit by more than $1.6 trillion--an estimate that does not even factor in the increased productivity of a healthy populace and improved financial security of a population that doesn't have to worry about going bankrupt from medical bills. Remember, in the US last year, more than 62% of personal bankruptcies resulted from medical costs). Citizens of NO OTHER DEVELOPED NATION have to resort to charitable campaigns in order to pay for basic, life-saving care. (Still don't believe this is a problem? Go to gofundme.com and search the site with the term 'medical'. You'll find OVER 1.17 MILLION campaigns for help paying health care bills--and this is only one of DOZENS of such crowdfunding sites. As a point of comparison, such sites simply DO NOT EXIST for medical costs in any other developed nation.)
We must stop this legislation from passing. Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) is leading the charge against the repeal effort, but he needs Republicans to join him in voting NO on this budget resolution. All of us--especially those with Republican senators--need to CONTACT OUR SENATORS and express our strong and loud support of the ACA. Our congressional representatives do respond to constituent pressure; we saw it in the House's last-minute abandonment of the bill to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics last week. We need another groundswell response to the anti-ACA bill, and we need it NOW. It takes two minutes and could save trillions of dollars and MILLIONS OF LIVES.