The new version of Trumpcare, which is expected to be voted on by the House — and this time they say the have the votes… really! — is still garbage. In fact, it’s worse than the turd of a bill that the House couldn’t pass in March.
Critically, this version, in a bow to the House Freedom Caucus, guts the so-called essential benefits requirement under Obamacare. That’s the part that makes ‘coverage’ more than a word.
This version isn’t a bit more generous, as some of the coverage might seem to suggest. It’s considerably worse. The same 24 more million Americans are on the chopping block. Indeed, according to a Brookings study, the change in essential benefits could remove protections from people who get employer based coverage.
If you were worried about the fate of those 24 millions, worry more about this. If you’re worried about your own coverage, now would be the time to speak up. If you were going to town halls to ask your representatives or senators what they were thinking, they have more to answer for now.
You know what do to, don’t you? Call 866-426-2631. You will be asked at some point to enter your five-digit ZIP code, and then you will be connected to your local Republican.
When I called and was connected to Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen’s office, her voicemail box was full. If that happens to you, keep trying.