Saturday, January 22, 2011

Calling on Congressional Republicans to renounce their taxpayer-funded health coverage

Republicans in Congress (including Wyoming's lone U.S. Rep, Cynthia Lummis) have passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.

It will die in the U.S. Senate. But Repubs in both chambers will be bringing this up over and over and over again in an effort to unseat Pres. Obama in 2012. They are like pit bulls, those Republicans.  

Families USA, sponsor of the Health Action 2011 conference in D.C. Jan. 27-29, has developed a report entitled "H.R. 2: Guilty of a Double Standard." Here are the juicy parts:
...those who vote for repeal intend to keep these very health benefits and rights—which they enjoy courtesy of America’s taxpayers—for themselves:
Members of Congress enjoy government-subsidized health coverage for themselves and their family members. Congressional promoters of repeal would take away tax credits that will help make coverage affordable for hardworking American families.
Members of Congress are sheltered from the threat of discrimination due to pre-existing conditions. Congressional promoters of repeal would deprive ordinary Americans of this very same protection.
Members of Congress, when faced with an insurance claim that is denied, have a guaranteed right to appeal that denial. Congressional promoters of repeal would deny many Americans a similar right.
These are just three examples. There are more, and we’ve outlined them below.
What Congressional Promoters of Repeal Will Take Away from American Families—But Keep for Themselves:
1.   Affordable health coverage
2.   Guaranteed coverage, regardless of pre-existing conditions
3.   A right to appeal claims that are denied by insurers
4.   Protection against discriminatory premiums due to pre-existing conditions
5.   A complete package of health insurance benefits
6.   Guaranteed coverage that can’t be taken away
7.   A prescription drug benefit with no coverage gap
8.   Protection against catastrophic health care costs
9.   A choice of easy-to-compare health insurance plans
10.  Protection against unreasonable premium increases
11.  Fair and equal premiums for women
12.  Coverage for early retirees
13.  Access to free or low-cost preventive services
14.  Access to affordable care at clinics

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