[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] This week, the House of Representatives unveiled the American Health Care Act, a bill that aims to repeal and replace elements of the Affordable Care Act.
This legislation would swap current income-based health care subsidies for a system of tax credits that privileges wealthier and younger Americans at the expense of low-income and elderly persons. The proposed legislation would also phase out the Medicaid expansion while defunding Planned Parenthood, furthering jeopardizing the health of vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, the act is moving forward without a Congressional Budget Office evaluation — a critical accountability step that would offer greater clarity into the full impact of this legislation.
Using our action center, you can easily find the phone numbers for your member of Congress and a talking points for making your calls. We encourage you to share personal anecdotes illustrating why effective, accessible, and affordable health care is important to you as an American citizen and a member of the Episcopal Church.