Support the Alexander-Murray ACA Stabilization Bill

Trump and congressional Republicans are relentlessly undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In October, Trump decided to stop payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers selling Healthcare.gov marketplace plans. These payments help insurers provide lower-cost health insurance plans on the exchanges, and stopping these payments has prompted insurers to increase premium prices dramatically. Additionally, Republicans repealed the ACA’s individual insurance mandate through their recent tax bill, a move that will further increase exchange premiums by encouraging younger and healthier consumers to stop buying insurance.

Months before the tax bill passed, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 to attempt to stabilize the ACA's individual markets by reinstating CSRs for insurers for two more years. The bill would also create a low-cost catastrophic coverage exchange plan and reinstate $106 million in funding for ACA enrollment outreach, funding which the Trump administration has slashed in yet another attempt to undermine the ACA. In exchange, the bill would give states more flexibility to let insurers offer new types of insurance plans that are comparably affordable to existing ACA plans. Most importantly, the bill would preserve ACA standards for what exchange plans must cover preventing the erosion of protection for those with pre-existing conditions. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a score of this bill and concluded that it would not negatively affect insurance access and would, in fact, reduce the federal deficit by about $3.8 billion over the next decade.

As Sen. Alexander himself stated of the bill, "This agreement avoids chaos. I don’t know a Republican or Democrat who benefits from chaos." Congress must quickly support this bipartisan push to undo Trump's blatant sabotage of the ACA's individual market and prevent the loss of affordable healthcare for millions of Americans. The bill’s passage is even more important now that Republicans have repealed the ACA’s individual mandate.

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Nancy Pelosi D-CA

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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from San Francisco.

[IF CONGRESS] I'm calling to support the Alexander-Murray bill to stabilize the individual insurance market. Now that Republicans have repealed the ACA's individual mandate, this bill is more critical than ever to keep exchange premium prices affordable.

[IF GOVERNOR] I'm calling to urge the governor to support the Alexander-Murray bill to ensure access to affordable insurance in [YOUR STATE]. We must protect our most vulnerable citizens, and the bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill is the first step necessary to stabilize the individual healthcare market.

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