Tax Scheme Threatens Texas
From the Center for Public Policy Priorities:
"We need to swing into action, and we need to do it fast.
The tax legislation was already under fire for giving huge tax cuts to wealthy families and large corporations while increasing taxes on millions of middle class families.
Health care advocates have also warned that by raising the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over ten years, the plan will create pressure for future health care cuts and give Congressional leaders "an excuse" to slash Medicaid, Medicare and Health Insurance Marketplace subsidies.
We encourage you to call your Senators TODAY at 202-224-3121 and urge them to oppose any tax plan that threatens our health care!
Both Senate and House bills would trigger deep cuts, and leaders in Congress have made clear they will begin next year to cut everything from nutrition assistance for struggling families to education and health care to pay for their tax cut.
The Senate plan also includes two direct attacks on health care: repeals the "individual mandate" requirement to have health insurance, which would raise monthly premiums for health insurance by 10 percent and lead to 13 million more uninsured Americans by repealing the 'individual mandate' requirement to have health insurance; and could trigger certain automatic budget cuts, resulting in a $25 billion annual cut to Medicare, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
The Senate bill also will prevent Texas families from deducting state property taxes and sales taxes. This will raise taxes on many families and hinder investments in education and infrastructure. The tax proposals would also exclude the child tax credit for children of undocumented parents.
Both bills are deeply damaging, and even without the Senate’s health care and state/local tax provisions, the House bill (which passed yesterday) still sets up the $1.5 trillion deficit and huge cuts to health care and more."
We need to bring our concerns to the Senate now so take action and make your call today!