How many people has Congress sentenced to an early death and painful life without healthcare?
This is what we wonder as the House of Representatives passed the Americans Health Care Act last week, despite overwhelming public opposition, in a vote of 217 to 212 — a bill that will strip 24 million people of their health care, raise premiums by 20 percent, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and eliminate the guarantee of essential benefits like maternity and mental health care.
It is a terrible blow to the healthcare our families depend on, but the fight isn’t over yet!
Now, the bill is on its way to the Senate, giving us another opportunity to stop it in its tracks. Senators need to hear from constituents from every corner of their states that they must put families first by rejecting this bill.
Protect the health of families today: Call your Senator at 1.855.999.8503 and tell her/him to reject the AHCA.
While repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cutting Medicaid for seniors, children and people with disabilities by $880 billion, this House bill will give $600 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans, insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers.
Call 1.855.999.8503 today and urge your Senators to stop this bill and instead protect Medicaid, treat people with pre-existing conditions fairly and keep in place the rules that force insurance companies to cover the services we need.
We have to stop the Senate from the advancing this bill which hurts not only the 24 million who depend on the ACA for coverage but could impact millions more who get employer-sponsored coverage and the economy more broadly. We must step up the fight now.
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PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network is the nation’s largest network of faith-based community organizations, working with 45 organizations in more than 120 cities and 21 states, with a collective membership of more than one million families from more than 1,200 congregations. Together, our mission is to create racial and economic justice in the United States by organizing people of many faith traditions and those who are most oppressed by unjust systems and policies. To learn more, visit: www.piconetwork.org.