Stop Trump's Ally in the Corner Office from Slashing Mass. Health Care

While Republicans in DC have been attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many progressives have been wondering what work can be done here in Massachusetts. We have stalwart progressive senators like Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and a fully Democratic House delegation. And many of you have stepped up to the plate, calling people in other states to urge them to take action.

For now, activists have stalled the ACA repeal bill. But here in Massachusetts, our Republican governor Charlie Baker is pushing the Republicans’ anti-health care agenda.

Late last month, Baker submitted a list of health care proposals he wanted to see rolled into the budget without any public hearing or debate. That budget is being unveiled later this morning and voted on only hours later. Legislators need to hear from us NOW so they know what to look out for.

Baker’s wish list would make his Republican friends in Washington proud:

  • Cutting MassHealth eligibility for adults with incomes between 100% and 133% of the federal poverty level. This would drop 100,000 low-income parents and 40,000 other adults off MassHealth, subjecting them to higher premiums, and a loss of dental coverage and other vital benefits. Massachusetts would have the dubious honor of becoming the only state to repeal the Obama-era Medicaid expansion. 

  • Removing MassHealth eligibility for individuals if they have access to so-called “affordable” employer-based insurance. These plans can still be considered “affordable” if the premiums are almost 10% of a family’s income. For people living in or near poverty, there’s no premium that’s affordable.

  • Allowing the Office of Health and Human Services to restructure “optional” services. And “optional” includes fundamental aspects of health care, like prescription drugs, dental care, and vision care, among many other things. Charlie Baker shouldn’t have that much unilateral power to undo protections for working families.

  • Imposing a five-year moratorium on insurance mandates. Even though insurance companies often leave out important types of care.

  • Freezing employer contributions to the unemployment insurance trust fund. A $334 million giveaway that depletes an underfunded program—to sweeten a tax on employers whose workers get coverage from MassHealth. With the economy slowing down, this move isn’t just mean—it's dangerous.

Massachusetts has been a leader in health care reform. And we must continue to lead, by improving upon the Affordable Care Act with a single payer, Medicare for All system.

Today, we must start by not going backwards.

Call your state senator and state representative today. Urge them to reject Governor Baker’s cuts to health care in the 2018 budget, and to support the real solution of Medicare for All.

 You can find their numbers here. After you call, put their numbers in your speed dial for next time.

Don’t know if your legislators are already single payer supporters or not? Look them up here.

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commented 2017-07-07 11:31:21 -0400 · Flag
Unfortunately, currently I have no state senator and my rep will LOVE all of this (but probably wants even more cut). UGH.
commented 2017-07-07 11:18:22 -0400 · Flag
I called Rep. Nangle’s office and got a lecture in how the process works. Apparently the committee report just came out today, and his staffer asked me to cite a specific line item that I objected to. I looked through and couldn’t find it. Perhaps someone with more background on this could assist? (the 11a report).
Thanks. Lisa
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