A surprise new effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gaining traction this week in the Senate. Sources on the Hill suggest that it’s only a few votes shy from being able to pass—but this version only offers tiny tweaks to legislation that has been called unaffordable, cruel and dangerous. It was then, and it still is.
The Graham-Cassidy proposal is just as bad as previous versions of ACA repeal– it would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, gut Medicaid funding, weaken current protections for people with pre-existing conditions and make coverage unaffordable for many. At a time when millions of Americans are responding to the aftermath of hurricanes and extreme weather it is foolish and shortsighted to slash essential funding for an agency responsible for disaster preparedness and emergency response. This proposal is unworkable and unfair.
Over the summer, all of us worked together, made calls and stopped earlier attempts to repeal ACA. To everyone who spoke out before—thank you. Today, we’re asking you to take action again. Here’s how:
Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell your senators to vote NO on any vote or motion that would move ACA repeal forward, and that you support a bipartisan approach to addressing healthcare. Scroll down to see our updated talking points. (After you’ve called, send us a tweet or comment on our Facebook post and let us know how the conversation went.)
Priority legislators If you live or work in any of the following states, or have friends and colleagues in these areas, it’s even more important to make a call today. You can also use our links to find and tag your friends in priority states and ask them to make a call.
Talking points for your calls This latest proposal is just as bad as previous versions of ACA repeal—it would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, gut Medicaid funding, and weaken current protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Urge your senators to vote NO on the latest effort to repeal ACA. Tell them their no vote will :
Protect our care: Repealing the ACA would leave millions of Americans without access to quality, affordable insurance. It’s not fair to leave the people who are more vulnerable—elderly, poor and rural Americans—to pay huge increases while the wealthy get breaks to save money at their expense.
Protect public health. The ACA does more than increase healthcare coverage—it also contributes directly to state and local public health departments and community-based health and safety initiatives, like CDC funding, vaccines, and other critical programs to address and prevent infectious disease and other outbreaks. Without these funds, our nation will be less prepared to tackle illnesses and diseases. As a result, there will be more premature deaths, more preventable disease, and higher healthcare costs.
Protect prevention. Part of the ACA, the landmark Prevention and Public Health Fund invests in proven strategies to prevent chronic and infectious diseases. Eliminating this funding stream would lead to an increase in preventable disease and death, and would put the security of our nation at risk.