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Congressional Tax Scam for the Rich Now Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

Protect Our Care Illinois urges our Congressional members to reject the proposed House and Senate Tax Reform bills. The House is expected to vote on its version of the bill on Thursday – we need you to call your Member of Congress today! Call your Member of Congress through our partner, Americans for Tax Fairness’ hotline at 877-795-7862 and urge that they oppose these bills!

Just like the failed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Republican tax proposals would hurt people living in poverty and middle income working families to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. To make this situation even worse, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that the Senate version of the bill will now include language to repeal the Affordable Care Act individual mandate. As the nonpartisan CBO reported last week, repealing the individual mandate would increase premiums, spike the number of uninsured by 13 million and ultimately decimate the private insurance market.

Who are some of the biggest losers under the tax bills? People with high medical expenses (e.g., seniors, people with disabilities, people with catastrophic illnesses), individuals with outstanding student loans, and the bottom 35% of taxpayers. In all, the tax bill would harm 36 million families and increase the deficit by 1.5 trillion dollars.

The biggest winners? Wealthy individuals and corporations. All we need to do is listen to the White House Economic Adviser, Gary Cohn, who said that “the most excited group out there about the tax plan are big CEOs.” He’s right. The House and Senate tax bills are part of a two-step fiscal agenda. Under both plans, Congress would first cut taxes for the rich and corporations, to then justify deep cuts in critical programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare, Food Assistance and Education next year and for years to come. Make no mistake—the Republican tax proposals are a thinly veiled attempt at Robin-Hood-in-Reverse.

The House may vote on the tax bill as soon as today!! Please call your Representative TODAY (877-795-7862) and urge them to vote NO on this unfair tax deal!

Tell your Representative you strongly oppose the House and Senate tax bills and any tax proposals that blow up the deficit, gives massive tax cuts to the wealthy, or repeals parts of the ACA.

Watch the webinar: The fight’s not over! Protecting our health care now and into future

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This webinar focuses on the latest developments from Washington, D.C. and Illinois in health care policy and how together we can fight back against the Trump administration’s ACA sabotage efforts.

Watch the webinar to hear experts share insights on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act, everything to know about cost-sharing reductions, and essential tips on how advocates can support open enrollment efforts.

Speakers include:

– Alaina Kennedy, Manager of Health Equity, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
– Daniel Rabbitt, Project Manager of Health Policy, Heartland Alliance
– Graciela Guzman, Enrollment CoordinatorPatient Innovation Center
– Katie Jones, Volunteer, Peoria Healthcare Coalition

Click here to download the slides!

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POC-IL Statement: Bipartisan Alexander-Murray Plan improves and protects the American health care system

Protect Our Care Illinois (POC-IL) lauds Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for working together to craft a bipartisan health care bill.  Their approach, unlike Republican led bills, while not perfect, takes steps toward stabilizing American’s access to health insurance by providing two years of funding for the Marketplace cost-sharing reductions; and supporting critical outreach and education activities.

This deal was the result of months of bipartisan discussions between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions committee including open hearings, where stakeholders, including governors, state insurance directors and advocates testified to the importance of stabilizing the Marketplace and ensuring plan affordability. This is the open fair process that the American people want Congress to engage in in order to find solutions to support and bolster the health care system.

POC-IL, like the vast majority of Americans, believes this is the way forward, where elected officials cross the aisle and work together to improve the ACA, not repeal it. Senators Alexander and Murray are demonstrating bipartisanship in action — the best path toward improving the American health care system.

Join Protect Our Care Illinois for a webinar on Oct. 25

The fight’s not over: Protecting our health care now and into the future
Wednesday, Oct. 25
3 p.m. CST

Register today!

Together, we defeated Congressional Republicans’ most recent attack on health care. However, it’s clear our fight to defend the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid must continue.

Join Protect Our Care Illinois on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. CST to learn the latest developments from Washington, D.C. and Illinois in health care policy and how together we can fight back against the Trump administration’s ACA sabotage efforts. Protect Our Care Illinois partners will share expert insights on CHIP, ACA stabilization, and cost-sharing reductions as well as discuss how advocates can support open enrollment efforts.

Register today to learn about the impact of the FY18 federal budget negotiations and how together we can mobilize our communities to #ProtectOurCare.

Take action – Oppose cuts to Medicaid and Medicare!

Last week, Illinoisans across the state rose up to once again defeat ACA repeal and protect the vital programs our communities depend on. The victory over Graham-Cassidy is something to be proud of, but we must keep up the pressure as Congress moves onto the next phase of its agenda: tax reform.

The tax reform debate will imperil many of the programs we sought to protect over the last year. The House of Representatives plans to take the first step in that process this week by voting on a Budget Resolution that calls for trillions of dollars of tax cuts for the rich financed by gutting Medicaid and Medicare. We must demand that our Representatives stand up to this kind of reverse Robin Hood and oppose this dangerous budget plan.

Call your Representative TODAY at (866) 877-3303 and demand that they oppose the House Budget Resolution and any legislation that cuts Medicaid and Medicare. 

The House Budget Resolution is a radical document calling for the end Medicaid and Medicare as we know it. It slashes Medicaid by over $1 trillion through a per capita cap and the end of Medicaid expansion. And for Medicare, it proposes to cut half a trillion dollars by turning the program into a voucher system. It does all this to provide a $5 trillion windfall of tax cuts for the wealthy.

While the Budget Resolution does not hold the force of law, it is the first step towards unlocking the Budget Reconciliation process that allows the Senate to pass major legislation with only 51 votes, just like the process for the ACA repeal fight. The Reconciliation process could allow Congress to enact many of the extreme measures included in the Budget Resolution and must be opposed at every turn.

Act NOW and call your Representative at (866) 877-3303 to urge their opposition to this drastic proposal! Vote NO on the House Budget Resolution and protect Medicaid and Medicare!

Please check out these resources from our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for more information on the House Budget Resolution and the Federal Budget Process.

Protect Our Care Illinois statement on single payer/public option

Protect Our Care Illinois supports the availability of affordable, comprehensive and accessible health care coverage for all Illinois residents regardless of income or immigration status. We are heartened that new health coverage options, including a public option, are now being discussed by the candidates for governor. This is an important public discussion and we are interested in the proposed policies that emerge. We look forward to joining the discussion and supporting policies that will meet our mission and goals moving forward to make Illinois a healthy place to live for all of us.

Join these emergency health care rallies all over the state @ 5 p.m.

Today, Senate Republicans will vote on a motion to proceed on a health care bill. 

With just a few hours until the vote, we still do not know exactly what they will vote on. One thing is certain—they will strip health insurance from 22 to 32 million people, destroy insurance markets, gut Medicaid, and give massive tax cuts to the wealthy. 

Protect Our Care Illinois stands with the citizens and activists across the state who refuse to accept this deadly proposal. If the motion to proceed succeeds today people will take to the streets across Illinois at 5pm to protest repealing the ACA and cutting Medicaid. The fight is not over and we will not let this go quietly. JOIN US!

If you can’t get to one of these rallies, grab a few allies, go where you can and share pictures using #ilsaveaca on Facebook and Twitter!

You can also join this Indivisible Phone Bank to call voters in crucial swing states (West Virginia-Capito & Ohio-Portman) and urge them to call on their Senators to kill the bill.

We have an extra week to #KillTheBill- Join an event near you!

Old New BRCAWith the absence of Sen. John McCain, a key Republican, from the Senate this week due to an unscheduled surgery, the Senate is delaying its expected vote on the “Better Care (if you’re Healthy) Reconciliation Act” this week. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the bill has also been delayed.

We need to take advantage of this time join with advocates from across the country to continue to show the public and elected officials that TrumpCare is unacceptable!

Our message to the Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation is loud and clear:

  • Reject this bill and pursue a bipartisan approach that leaves Medicaid alone and addresses our real needs: stabilizing the marketplace and improving affordability.
  • Reject any bill that causes large coverage losses, ends Medicaid expansion, caps and cuts the Medicaid program, or guts critical protections for people with health conditions.

Anything less would be breaking their promises to the people of Illinois.

What can you do?

Call the Protect Our Care Illinois hotline to be connected to your member of Congress: 1 866-877-3303 and use these talking points. The phone lines of our GOP House members who voted for the bill should be lighting up.

Join us in several events across the state this week and next:

Protect Our Care Illinois’ Statement on the Passage of an Illinois State Budget

Protect Our Care Illinois is relieved to have a state budget for the first time since 2015. This action will hopefully begin to bring relief to workers, health and social service providers, community members and others around the state who have suffered under this long-standing budget crisis.

However, right around the corner, another storm is looming: if Congress passes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act – which it could do by the end of this month – our state will be dealt another financial blow. Both the Senate (the Better Care Reconciliation Act) and House (the American Health Care Act) versions of the repeal bill include devastating cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, hitting Illinois with tens of billions of dollars in lost federal funding that will knock out any gains we made by coming to a budget deal and more. Not only that, the bill cuts coverage for over 1 million Illinois residents, increases premiums and deductibles, forcing people to pay 74% more for the same coverage they have now, imposes an age tax – hurting older adults at moderate incomes, guts protections for everyone, and puts over 114,000 jobs in Illinois at risk.

We urge the Governor and our Republican Illinois Congressional Delegation members to say “no” to the cruel and unpopular bill. Illinois cannot afford another step backwards just as we are coming up for air.

Now hiring: Coalition Manager

Protect Our Care Illinois is now hiring a Coalition Manager.

The Coalition Manager is a key player in Heartland Alliance’s efforts to advance policy solutions and strategies to eliminate poverty, realize human rights, and support individuals and families in their efforts to improve their quality of life. He/she works to achieve policy and systems change that ensures quality health coverage is affordable and available to all people, regardless of their background, health status or life circumstance. The Coalition Manager achieves these aims through the staffing of the Protect Our Care Illinois (POCIL) coalition and execution of the coalition’s campaign strategy.

This position will focus primarily on defending and building upon the expansion of health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The Coalition Manager will provide leadership and support to POCIL, a diverse statewide coalition invested in opposing the near-term threats to the ACA and Medicaid and in building a movement and a constituency who will champion these programs far into the future. Through the engagement of diverse stakeholders, policy research, public education, communications, and advocacy, POCIL will support the gains made in recent coverage expansions and promote the solutions needed to address continued inequity in health care. The Coalition Manager will be responsible for managing the collective work of the POCIL coalition and for developing substantive and strategic expertise on key policies and organizing tactics.

Click here for more information and to apply!