Congressional Task Force to Review our Legislation to Protect Retiree Healthcare
by Paul Miller
Recently on Capitol Hill, House Republicans created a Health Care Task Force to form an alternative plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
We have been working to have our bill, the Employee Benefits Protection Act (HR 1856), which protects you from having your earned healthcare benefits cut or reduced, included through Speaker Paul Ryan’s open amendment process.
This can allow the House Rules Committee to consider HR 1856 as an amendment to the Republican plan. This would mean getting an up or down vote on this critical legislation, which would be a significant step for all retirees.
Members of Congress would then be forced to choose between supporting retirees or standing in alliance with large corporations that are reneging on their fiduciary obligations. In a year when the restless and angry electorate have stepped forward like never before, it would force Members of Congress to take a public stand.
We are continuing to work with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25) on requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide a statistical analysis about some concerns various Congressional offices have regarding the bill. With this information in hand, we can further strengthen our argument for H.R 1856.
We have also maximized grassroots efforts by joining General Electric retirees in creating an online petition for Congress to pass H.R. 1856. Additionally, in a recent U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, Democratic senators called out large corporations for their unfair labor practices. These senators noted on the record that retirees are truly suffering because of cutbacks.
This year Members of Congress are really starting to recognize how retirees are being taken advantage of, all throughout the country. Become active to help us fight this injustice and reach out to your elected officials today. Can we count on your support? I am certainly counting on it.