GLAAD: Senate GOP tax bill is an attack on low income and LGBTQ AmericansAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Friday, December 1st, 2017
NEW YORK – GLAAD today denounced the Senate’s tax bill and exposed how the bill targets low income and LGBTQ Americans. This tax bill aims to eliminate the individual mandate, a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will cause 13 million low income Americans to lose healthcare, and its 1.5 trillion dollar price tag could trigger massive spending cuts to programs like Medicaid, which is the largest federal funder of HIV care and treatment.
“Senate Republicans are continuing their relentless attack on affordable healthcare and critical programs for low income and LGBTQ Americans under the guise of their tax bill,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Healthcare is a human right and the Senate must reject ramming through this destructive and dangerous bill that clearly targets our nation’s most marginalized communities.”
WHAT THE GOP TAX BILL WOULD MEAN FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS
Senate tax bill eliminates the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without it, millions of people will drop out of the insurance market and drive up health care costs. This will result in 13 million low income individuals losing healthcare coverage in the next 10 years, with 4 million losing health coverage in the first year. Cutting health care will affect people at risk for, or living with HIV and result in lack of access to essential medications.
- The 65% of LGBTQ adults with preexisting conditions rely on the ACA and LGBTQ are more likely to be uninsured compared to the non-LGBTQ population.
Deficits caused by the Senate’s 1.5 trillion dollar healthcare bill will result in spending cuts to vital program. According to the AARP, the legislation would result in an automatic $25 billion cut to Medicare.
- Medicare is the largest federal funder of HIV care and treatment. Massive cuts to the program would put many people with HIV at risk of losing access to life-saving medicines and treatment
Lowest-income Americans will take a large hit under the Senate tax bill.
- LGBTQ Americans, especially those who are transgender, people of color, or both, experience higher rates of poverty than the general population, and the new tax plan raises taxes for people making less than $30k/y.
Both the House and Senate tax bill introduce an expanded child tax credit that excludes low-income families. This benefit will not be accessible for 10 million children whose parent(s) work for low pay.
- Families living in poverty are disproportionally LGBTQ. Single LGBTQ adults raising children are three times more likely to report household incomes near the poverty line, and married and partnered LGBTQ adults are twice as likely.
The House tax bill, as passed, would repeal the Johnson Amendment, a prevision that some Republicans are attempting into sneak into the Senate and final version of the tax bill. This amendment prevents tax-exempt orgs from endorsing/opposing political candidates and its elimination this would allow wealthy individuals to manipulate charities to fit their political opinions.
- The repeal of the Johnson Amendment is being pushed by anti-LGBTQ groups and advocates including the Sothern Poverty Law Center designed hates groups Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom.
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