Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

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Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

As someone who relies on, as someone with friends and family who rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA a.k.a. Obamacare), I am, we are all terrified. What will happen if it is repealed without a viable replacement? Most of you should already know the answer to this one:

Millions of people will lose their health care. Millions may not be able to afford insurance without the ACA and many with preexisting conditions (approx. 52 million Americans under the age of 65) could be denied insurance even if they could. And, as if that weren’t bad enough, potentially tens of thousands of people who can’t afford their medications, who can’t afford to go to the doctor, can’t afford a trip to the ER in an emergency, who won’t get critical preemptive care, cancer screenings, and the like, will go bankrupt trying to manage or simply die without it.

This is not hyperbole. People will, quite literally, die.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and the majority of Republicans seem to be pushing, so inflexible and sadistically, toward this goal they’re akin to a pack of rabid wolves finally released from captivity. They have no plan – other than to repeal as quickly as possible – and seem completely oblivious to the lethal consequence of their impulsive, almost instinctual actions.

But there is some hope. In the early hours of Thursday, 12 January, while the U.S. Senate was taking votes on the repeal, Democrats, in an impressive show of passion and fortitude, not only cast their votes against the repeal, they made a statement.

“This is not business as usual! You are stealing heath care from Americans. I vote no.”
– Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington State)

Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington State), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), and more defied procedure and stood up for Americans who cannot afford to lose their insurance under the ACA.

Whether you support the ACA or think it’s a disaster, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent, the ACA has saved lives. Repealing it now – without a replacement organized, agreed upon, and ready to go – will not only rob millions of Americans of their health care, but could very well be a death sentence for thousands. Contact your senator, Hell, contact every senator. Tell them that, until there’s a suitable and immediate replacement available, they must vote NO! And hold the President-Elect accountable too.

  • How to contact U.S. Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
  • How to contact Congress: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
  • How to contact Donald Trump: Donald, I’m told, doesn’t believe in email, but you can post him your grievance here: Donald Trump, C/O The Trump Organization, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 — Then, from 20 January 2017 until he’s voted out or impeached: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500]

Need help with your message? Use the one below and fill in the blanks.

Dear (Their Name),

As a citizen of this great country and with respect to my fellow citizens, I urge you to cease the dangerous repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until such time that a suitable and immediate replacement is made available. Beginning the process of repeal without a replacement puts millions of Americans in danger of losing their desperately needed health care and will potentially kill thousands who will die without access and/or the ability to afford their medications, doctors, ER visits, and therapies: People undergoing chemo treatments and those who need surgery; people with chronic conditions and family histories of cancer who require regular screenings; children with diabetes, on dialysis, and with disabilities; seniors who require nursing care and medications; human beings, millions whose lives are now literally in your hands.

Stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act now! Until there is a replacement, you are putting the lives of millions of innocent people in danger. It’s the right thing to do.
Thank you,

(Your Name)
(City, State)

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