Email from PA Budget and Policy Center, 11/26/17
You may not realize that you are on the front lines of the struggle being carried on by activists and citizens all over this country to block a terrible tax bill that now includes repeal of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
But your congressman, Ryan Costello, is central to the outcome. He was one of four Republican members of the House who voted against repeal of the ACA but voted for the House version of the tax bill. We need him to publicly state that he will reject the Senate tax bill if and when it comes back to the House.
I probably don’t need to tell you how bad this bill is. It’s likely that you know that it directs the vast majority of tax cuts to the top 1% and to corporations who do not need a break. When the individual cuts expire in 2027, taxes for the bottom 60% of families will actually go up even as corporations exploit new loopholes and take advantage of lower tax rates and incentives to send more jobs overseas.
And you have probably heard that the Senate bill also includes repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which will lead to 500,000 fewer Pennsylvanians having health insurance in 2027. Those who purchase health insurance on the individual market will see their premiums go up by at least 10%. In 2019, increased premiums for middle-income, older Pennsylvanians will be greater than their tax savings. By 2027, premium increases will be greater than the tax cut for all Pennsylvanians who purchase individual insurance.
Please click here to tell Representative Costello to stand up against this tax bill.
The vote in the Senate is likely to be close. And because of Senate budget rules, they have to reduce spending if they want to cut taxes this much for the rich and corporations. The best thing we can do now is to make it clear to them that a bill that cripples the Affordable Care Act is utterly unacceptable in the House.
And then we have to say no to the entire scheme to cut taxes for the rich and corporations.
Your voice, along with the thousands of others in your congressional district, are critical to stopping this bill.
Please act now and contact Representative Costello.
PA Budget and Policy Center