We expect many health care advocacy groups to publish scripts and list of talking points for calling Congress in the days ahead. We will gladly share those as we see them. The main thing is for Americans to call and write Congress relentlessly until the final vote is taken on whatever is going replace the ACA.
Issues you might want to mention:
- 90% of Americans have health insurance coverage under ACA. Tell your Congress member you expect the new plan to cover at least that many, preferably more.
- Preexisting conditions cannot keep someone from being covered under ACA. Tell your Congress member you expect preexisting conditions to be covered under the new plan.
- Adult children can stay on their parents plan until age 26 under ACA. Tell your member of Congress you want young adults to be able to stay on their parent’s coverage under the new plan.
- Under ACA, many low-income Americans were given assistance to purchase health insurance. Tell your member of Congress you want the new plan to cover low-income Americans.
- Under ACA, Medicare was solvent until 2028. Tell your member of Congress that you expect Medicare to be solvent at least until 2028, preferably longer, under the new plan.
- Tell your member of Congress you expect Medicare to remain a defined benefit plan. No vouchers, no premium supports, no privatization.
- Under ACA, the Medicare “Donut Hole” is on schedule to close in 2020. Tell your member of congress you expect the new plan to close the “Donut Hole.”
There are certainly other issues that could be raised during call. This list is not meant to limit you, but to help you as you advocate for health care in America. Feel free to add your suggesting for other talking points in the comments. This list will be updated as the debate continues.