Chipping Away at Our Healthcare

Tom McClintock’s views regarding the Affordable Care Act are well-known. He ignores the huge challenges people faced before the ACA — the prices that skyrocketed every year, the insurers who rejected people with pre-existing conditions, or used any excuse to cancel coverage — and strongly supports the current administration’s ongoing attacks on that landmark legislation. And he may get his wish if we don’t stop him.

Tom McClintock follows the cynical politician’s playbook of creating a problem and then using that problem to try to justify his policy goals. The GOP has been attacking the ACA for three years. Many Republican states refused to expand Medicaid, rejecting a critical part of the ACA that was designed to drive insurance prices down in those states. The GOP pushed through a Rider to legislation in 2014 — attaching it to a “must-pass” appropriations bill — that removed “risk corridors,” which were necessary to help insurance companies adjust to the influx of patients with preexisting conditions. The Trump Administration has been doing everything it can to drive down participation in the ACA and undermine the ACA’s protections.

And in 2017, the tax bill pushed through by the GOP eliminated the penalty associated with the individual mandate, removing part of the ACA on which the Supreme Court had relied in holding that landmark legislation constitutional. Republican Governors then sued, attempting to strike down the entire ACA due to this change, with the full support of the Trump administration and legislators like Tom McClintock. Now, they’re one step closer. Last month, a federal appeals court held that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and sent the case back to the district court to decide whether the ACA can survive its decision. If they succeed in destroying the ACA, the health care industry, one-sixth of our economy, will be devastated. All of the well-paying jobs that have grown out of the ACA will be cut, as people lose the ability to obtain the health care they need. People will suffer and die because of the GOP’s refusal to enact meaningful health care reform. And Tom McClintock still has no good ideas to fix the problems he and others are trying to create.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/16/787917087/what-else-disappears-if-the-aca-is-overturned