Protect Our Care: Trump’s lawsuit to overturn health care–higher costs for women and seniors

Contact: Joe Zepecki
jz@jzcomms.com
202-445-1517


MILWAUKEE, WI
– In five days, Trump’ Administration lawyers will go to court to overturn our health care laws. If President Trump succeeds in Texas v. United States, costs will go up, coverage will get worse, and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

If Trump gets his way:

INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BE ABLE TO CHARGE WOMEN AND SENIORS MORE

  • Seniors Will Have To Pay More For Prescription Drugs. Thanks to the Republican lawsuit, seniors will have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare “donut” hole would be reopened. From 2010 to 2016, “More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs – an average of $2,272 per beneficiary,” according to a January 2017 Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services report.

  • Women Can Be Charged More Than Men For The Same Coverage. Prior to the ACA, women, for example, were often charged premiums on the nongroup market of up to 50 percent higher than they charged men for the same coverage

  • People Over The Age of 50 Can Face A $4,000 “Age Tax.” Thanks to the Republican lawsuit, insurance companies can charge people over 50 more than younger people. The Affordable Care Act limited the amount older people could be charged to three times more than younger people. If insurers were to charge five times more, as was proposed in the Republican repeal bills, that would add an average “age tax” of $4,124 for a 60-year-old in the individual market, according to the AARP.

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