Super Committee: Everything You Need to Protect Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act
Now that the super committee process is in full swing, the attacks on Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act are sure to escalate. The next meeting of the super committee is this week, but thankfully Families USA has made getting involved easy. Visit our new super committee action center to stay up-to-date on the September 22 meeting, learn more about each committee member, and find easy and meaningful ways you can engage to protect your health care rights. Visit our action center today to learn more!
Take a Bow / Hang Your Head
The Census Bureau released its annual Current Population Survey, and it revealed that the rate of uninsured Americans is deeply troubling. Especially in Texas – which should hang its head for having the highest rate of uninsured citizens. Massachusetts can take a bow for having the lowest rate. But regardless of where your state ranks on the list, there are 49.9 million uninsured Americans nationwide. Without vital programs like Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, that number would be even higher. That's why it's so important to protect these programs from reckless cuts proposed by the Republican leadership.
Myth of the Moment
A Sales Tax on Home Sales? Not So Much.
Earlier this year, we saw a disturbing – and misleading – chain email claiming that under the Affordable Care Act people will pay a new 3.8% sales tax if they sell their home. This "fact" is flat out wrong. We debunked it in our blog, and Politifact.com debunked it with a "pants on fire" rating. But, we learned this rumor is kicking around again so we wanted to once more shed truth on this lie. The reality: The only people subject to such a tax are individuals with incomes of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for a couple) who sell their home for a PROFIT of more than $250,000 ($500,000 for a couple). Another health care myth – debunked.
Our first-of-its-kind Twitter tool is taking off. So far 904 people have told their elected officials to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act from damaging cuts. Help keep the momentum going – and if you're the 1,000th tweeter, you'll win a free t-shirt! Tweet your elected officials TODAY!
The Affordable Care Act doesn't take full effect until 2014, but already many Americans are being helped by the law. Thanks to early implementation, what group of Americans already gained insurance over the past year? Make Your Guess on Facebook!
The Affordable Care Act means at least 32 million new people will become eligible for quality, affordable health care. We're really excited about the launch of a great new organization – Enroll America – that's working hard to make getting coverage easy to do. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to get enrolled at enrollamerica.org.
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