Senators are home for July Fourth recess this week, and many Republican senators are refusing to hold town halls because they know voters are outraged over the cruel health-care bill their party leaders are trying to ram through the Senate.
Even though Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote on the Senate bill, he is still moving it through the process—and we must be ready. On Monday, McConnell sent revised bills to the Congressional Budget Office, which means he’s preparing for a vote, as early as next week, when senators get back to town.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the current Senate bill will cause 22 million people to lose health-care coverage, including 15 million in just the next year. For people with pre-existing conditions—such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or arthritis, to name just a few—this legislation would leave them one illness away from bankruptcy and could even be a matter of life and death. The proposed massive Medicaid cuts hit low-income families, children and seniors—the most vulnerable populations—the hardest. And the complete list of the bill’s callous provisions is much longer.
Why does Trumpcare do all of this? To give the wealthiest Americans more tax breaks. While kicking 22 million off their insurance, the Senate bill would give the wealthiest one-tenth of 1 percent—those who make more than $3.75 million a year—an average annual tax cut of $200,000. For example, Trump’s billionaire friend and megadonor Sheldon Adelson would see his taxes cut by an extra $43 million.
This is an unpopular bill—every major consumer and retiree organization, and every nursing, physician, public health, and hospital organization, including the American Medical Association, opposes it.
We only need three Republican senators to stand strong. Now is the time to raise your voice. Make sure you are seen and heard this week opposing this heartless bill.