While Gov. Phil Scott is busy trying to undermine the collective bargaining rights of Vermont’s teachers under the cynical guise of reigning in rising health care costs, he is failing to take a strong stand against his own party’s efforts at national level to take health care away from millions of Americans.
These GOP-led efforts known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reverse key protections gained under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rollback the Medicaid expansion, and reduce Vermont’s Medicaid funding by $800 billion—which will put the needed health care services for thousands of Vermonters in jeopardy.
Scott is focusing on $26 million in "savings" in a nearly $6 Billion budget which is a pittance in the context of the damage that his DC GOP counterparts will do to our state and budget when they gut Medicaid and repeal the ACA.
On Friday, a group of bipartisan governors from Ohio, Massachusetts, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Nevada called on Congress to do better than the House plan. Despite Vermont’s recent leadership on providing affordable, accessible, universal health care, Scott’s name was visibly absent.
Meanwhile, Governor Scott’s budget veto not only undermines the collective bargaining rights of Vermont’s teachers but his plan could, in fact, lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for many teachers and other school support staff.
At a time when Vermonters’ health care is under attack from DC, we need a Governor who will stand up and speak out publicly on behalf of hardworking Vermonters and their families. It’s not enough to provide quiet displeasure to our Congressional delegation, or even the Trump Administration. The time is needed for bold action.
Rights & Democracy is joining its national partner Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and HCAN state affiliates across the country to send a message to our Gov. Phil Scott and his fellow Republicans in the US Senate who are about to pass the same bad bill to repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid that House Republicans passed in May.
We are asking Gov. Scott to sign the budget, sign onto the bipartisan governor’s letter that stand up to Congress, and stop playing politics with Vermonters’ health care.
Our Message to Governor Scott and his Fellow Republicans in Washington, DC is clear:
"Don't Cut Healthcare for Families to Give More Tax Breaks to the Rich and Corporations!"
Right now Senators are secretly negotiating a bill to repeal the ACA and permanently cut Medicaid that almost identical to the AHCA bill that House Republicans passed. That bill cuts healthcare from 23 million people, allows insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions and older people more for healthcare and ends the Medicaid as we know it for seniors, kids, people with disabilities--all to give over billions in tax breaks to the rich and corporations.
Senators are trying to keep their negotiations a secret until the last minute so their constituents won't find out that their plan to "fix" healthcare is no more than "lipstick on a pig," a dressed up version of the same bad bill voters just rejected in the House.
Vermonters have a right to know which side Governor Scott is on: affordable healthcare for families or tax breaks for the insurance and prescription drug companies?
We call on Governor Scott to Listen to Vermonters who have shared their healthcare stories and the over 3,300 Vermonters who are asking him to stand up to the Republican plans to gut Medicaid and repeal the ACA and join us in building a system of high-quality healthcare for all.
If passed, the GOP repeal bill would:
Wipe out healthcare coverage for the roughly 21,000 people in Vermont have healthcare coverage thanks to the ACA. It will also increase costs for those who keep insurance.
Increase out of pocket costs like premiums, deductibles, and co-pays for individual Vermonters on our state’s health exchangeby an average of $3,239.
End the Medicaid expansion. A devastating blow to our state’s Medicaid system which covers 206,000 residents, including 49% of Vermont children.
Force Vermont to raise an additional $2 billion over the next 10 years to maintain our current levels of Medicaid coverage.
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