Letter to Bruce Rauner regarding the AHCA, June 2017

If you’d like to sign this letter, please send your name and the city you live in to jwb713@yahoo.com.

Gov. Rauner-

We write to ask that you publicly oppose the American Health Care Act. This bill is terrible for the nation and terrible for the state of Illinois. Your voice would be an important addition to the chorus of Americans — economists, medical professionals, and everyday citizens alike — who know the harm the AHCA would cause.

Your silence on the topic to date has been troubling. Now, as we approach the end game on the bill, your silence is simply unacceptable.

In particular, we believe the AHCA must be stopped because:

  • The American Health Care Act would strip $800 billion from Medicaid and give the vast majority of that money to people making more than $250,000 per year. The bill is a tax cut for the wealthiest people in the country, disguised as health care policy. Poor kids, people so sick they’re in nursing homes, and disabled folks rely on Medicaid, and we have no interest in abandoning them.
  • Illinois alone is expected to lose $40 billion in Medicaid funding, and 650,000 Illinois citizens would lose their Medicaid coverage. Because of Illinois’ “trigger” law, this loss of coverage would take full effect in 2020 rather than ramping down over the course of years.
  • At least 23 million people are expected to lose their health insurance coverage under the AHCA.
  • The bill allows states to stop protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions, women’s health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. If insurance companies can make this sort of coverage impossibly expensive, it is the same as not offering the coverage at all. Removing these protections, even if they remain based on state laws in Illinois, will have disastrous impact on millions of families’ health and finances.
  • The AHCA was drafted in secret, and no meaningful public debate is planned for the bill. In contrast, when considering the ACA, the House held more than 75 hearings over the course of a year. The Senate held about 100 hearings and debated final passage of the bill for 25 days. This secretive rush is reckless, and it flouts the norms of transparency that help protect our representative democracy.

No political victory is worth the damage that the American Health Care Act would inflict on millions of people. We call on you to do your part to prevent this damage.

Anne Anderson, Champaign
Denny Anderson, Champaign
Nate Atkinson, Champaign
Debby Auble, Champaign
Colleen Aziz, Urbana
Deborah Baker, Monticello
Trish Barker, Champaign
Bruce Barnard, Monticello
Bill Bell, Champaign
Maudie L. Bell, Zeigler
William R. Bell, Zeigler
Susan G. Bednar, Monticello
Alejandro Lleras Buetti, Urbana
Mary Biddle, White Heath
Dianna Black, Urbana
Ann Burger, Champaign
Elizabeth Chapman, Urbana
Hsiao-Ching Chen, Champaign
Roger G. Clark, White Heath
Jeannie Covert, Urbana
Trisha Crowley, Champaign 
Elizabeth Curl, Springfield
Marlise Dahl, Monticello
Karen Decker, Urbana
Kirsten Dennison, Champaign
Dick Detzner, Urbana
Rachel Dimock, Champaign
James Divilbiss, Champaign
Mary Jo Divilbiss, Champaign
Christy Ann Elamma, Bement
Steve Errede, Champaign
Ryan Flanagan, Urbana
Karen Fresco, Urbana
Jeffrey Friedman, Champaign
Lisa Gatzke, Urbana
Jody Groff, Champaign
Ryann Grove, Champaign
Sue Guironnet, Urbana
Elizabeth Hanauer, Champaign
Kathy Harden, Champaign
Linda M. Hays, Champaign
Mary Lucille Hays, White Heath
Amy Heggemeyer, Champaign
Pamela Hill, Urbana
Darlene Hoffman, White Heath
Sara Hook, Champaign
Kathy Hughes, Champaign
Deborah Insana, Urbana 
Michael Insana, Urbana
Sharon Irish, Urbana
Nils Jacobsen, Urbana
Sue Johnson, Champaign
Cari James, St. Charles
Lois Kain, Urbana
Anjali Karia, Oak Park
Jo Kibbee, Urbana
Todd Kinney, Urbana
Joseph Klaus, White Heath
Katherine Kline, Decatur
Laurie Knosher, Galesburg
Jessica Kopolow, Champaign
Betsy Kruger, Champaign
Megan Kuhlenschmidt, Champaign
Ming Kuo, Urbana
Aaron LaPointe, Urbana
Shara LaPointe, Urbana
Cloydia Hill Larimore, Urbana
Laura Lasater, Urbana
Ben Leff, Urbana
Ellen Leyerle, Champaign
Mike Leyerle, Champaign
Bernice Lieberman, Savoy
J. Michael Lillich, Champaign
Yu-Feng Lin, Champaign
Suzanne Linder, Champaign
Jim Linder, Urbana
Kerrith Livengood, Champaign
James Lorr, Champaign
Hector Mandel, Philo
Charlotte Jean Martin, Champaign
Wendy Mathewson, Urbana
Gayle Matteson, Hillsboro
Jeremy Martin, Edwardsville
Jill Martin, Edwardsville
Rebecca McBride, Seymour
Abby McEntee, Western Springs
Kim McFarland, Champaign
Michael McKelvey, Champaign
Cynthia McKendall, Champaign
Susan McKenna, Urbana
Rosemary McLeese, Monticello
Ingrid Melief, Urbana
Douglas Miller, Urbana
Caroline Montgomery, Springfield
Scott Montgomery, Springfield
Georgette Moore, Champaign
Diana Mosher, Champaign
Elizabeth Murphy, Champaign
Mary Murphy, White Heath
Tom Murphy, White Heath
Susan Mynatt, Savoy
Anne Odom, Champaign
Marianne O’Grady, Urbana
Becky Oles, Decatur
Joe Omo-Osagie, Urbana
Andrew Orta, Urbana
Peggy Patten, Urbana
Ann Prisland, Champaign
David Prochaska, Urbana
Jenny Putman, Urbana
Ann Quackenbush, Champaign
Dana Rabin, Urbana
Maeve Reilly, Champaign
Bruce Reznick, Urbana
Jennifer Rice, Champaign
Mary Rivers, White Heath
Susan Roughton, Urbana
Natasha Rubel, Urbana
Mary Severinghaus, Mahomet
Alison Schmulbach, Champaign
Melissa Schoeplein, Urbana
Kathy Shannon, Champaign
Casey Smith, Urbana
Rachel Spencer, Urbana
Karen Steiner, Champaign
Stephanie Swift, Urbana
Lindsey Tallerico, Glen Carbon
Kathryn Tessin, Urbana
Trenna Thomas, Champaign
Diane Tipps, Champaign
Renée Trilling, Champaign
Pamela Van Wyk, Champaign
Alice Thompson Vaughan, Urbana
Joan Volkmann, Urbana
Mary E. Wade, Champaign
Eunice Weech, Urbana
David White, Bement
Geraldine K. White, White Heath
Jane G. White, Bement
Kirstin Wilcox, Urbana
Rebecca Wiltfong, Urbana
Kate Winkler, Champaign

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