GOP leaders in the Senate have just one goal: to pass their disastrous tax bill before the end of the year.
And what’s so scary about this so-called “tax reform” is that it threatens to take away health care from 13 million people and targets abortion access.
This bill is bad for a lot of reasons — like the fact that it favors the wealthiest Americans over everyone else. But its attacks on health care would affect women and underserved communities most of all.
Donald Trump (left) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (right) earlier this fall. Sen. Hatch (R-UT) is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the committee leading the so-called "tax reform."
That’s right — extreme ideologues snuck attacks on women, people of color, and families with low incomes into a tax bill.
The coming weeks are going to be crunch time for GOP leaders, who desperately want to send their bill to Donald Trump before the end of December. But it’s crunch time for us, too. With our health on the line, we need to stop these attacks on health care in their tracks.
Here’s how extreme politicians are using their tax bill to attack your health.
Get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “individual mandate”
Donald Trump and his cronies in Congress have been trying (and failing) all year to attack our health care. Their newest plan is to go after the ACA through the GOP tax bill.
A measure in the tax bill would end the ACA “individual mandate,” aka the measure that requires most people to sign up for health coverage. Without the mandate, insurance will likely become less affordable — with average premiums expected to rise by 10 percent. What’s more, a projected 13 million people are estimated to lose coverage because of this move.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) is determined to pass this dangerous tax bill.
For women in particular, the consequences would be grave. Nearly 9.5 million women gained health coverage thanks to the ACA, bringing the number of uninsured women down by half.
The consequences for communities of color would be equally steep. Within Black and Latino communities, the proportion lacking coverage fell, too.
Undermine abortion access
Another measure in the tax plan is an attempt to attack your access to safe, legal abortion. This dangerous measure uses the language around 529 accounts — a tax-free, state-sponsored investment fund in which parents can put aside money for a child’s college education — to create an official definition of an “unborn” person.
The true intention of this measure? To advance an agenda designed to undermine women's health and rights. Abortion access is a constitutional right to abortion — yet GOP extremists are still trying to attack it.
It’s not surprising that some of the most extreme, ideological, and anti-women lobbying groups — including the Susan B. Anthony List and March for Life Action — have come out in support of this measure in this bill.
Besides, people can already very easily set up 529 accounts for their future kids. There’s no real reason for including this language in the tax bill, except to limit access to abortion.
Our chance to stop politicians in Congress from taking away health care is ending soon. Now’s the time to take action. Every voice counts.CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW