Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tomorrow, House Republicans led by John Boehner will vote on the repeal of health reform -- moving to end the law that keeps insurance companies in check.
From denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, to pursuing profits with no accountability, to raising rates arbitrarily on families and businesses and canceling coverage when people get sick -- insurers could return to promoting their own financial health at the expense of those seeking care.
And with repeal estimated to add $230 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years, the Republicans' first agenda item delays our economic recovery and does nothing to create jobs.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act is bad for our health, our economy, and our country. According to our records, you live in Kentucky's 5th Congressional District. Your member of Congress, Rep. Harold Rogers, needs to know where you stand.
Call Rep. Rogers now at (202) 225-4601.
Tell the person on the phone that you're a constituent, that Kentucky does not support repeal, and that you're counting on them to protect the Affordable Care Act, regardless of party affiliation.
Then click here to let us know how it went.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, repealing the Affordable Care Act will add hundreds of billions to the deficit, increase costs for those who are covered, and result in 32 million fewer people receiving coverage. Health reform continues to provide greater freedom and control in our health care choices -- it's no surprise most Americans oppose repeal.
Chances are the Affordable Care Act is already benefiting you or someone you know.
Reform is at work for you:
-- If you're a senior who fell into the "donut hole" of prescription drug coverage and needed help covering that cost;
-- If you're a young adult who can benefit from staying on your parents' insurance until age 26;
-- If you've ever worried about your insurer dropping your coverage unexpectedly if you or someone on your policy gets sick or injured;
-- If you're a small-business owner trying to compete with large employers while providing insurance to your employees; or
-- If you're a taxpayer worried about the national deficit.
The very first item on the Republicans' agenda involves reducing this important legislation to an abstract, partisan fight.
Instead of working to find solutions to build on our recovery and make the United States more competitive, Republicans in Congress would rather appease their right-wing base and insurance-industry allies by re-litigating the last two years -- and returning control of our health care system to insurance companies.
They need to know we're paying attention: We will not stand by and allow Republicans to undo our progress.
Call Rep. Rogers now at (202) 225-4601. Say you're counting on the new Congress to do the right thing by their constituents -- and that's not repealing health reform.
Then please let us know what you heard:

Kenneth Stepp.

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