Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Fight Is Far From Over

National Council of La Raza

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land. However, the fight to protect and defend our health care is not over. 
That’s because certain Members of Congress want to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would cut Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years and leave 24 million Americans — including Latinos, children, and seniors—without health insurance. Just 17% of Americans support this bill, yet some members want to make it even worse
Lives are on the line, and the time to act is now! 
From now until April 23, members are in their districts for the April congressional recess. While they’re back home, they need to hear from YOU. 
Here’s what you can do TODAY to make sure your representatives reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA), permanently!
  1. Turn out to town halls or other events.  Find out if your member is holding a town hall or other public event—here, and tell them that your health is too important to gamble on. No town hall? Set up a district meeting
  2. Get your member on the record. Access to basic health services is on the line. Tell your member to recommit to opposing efforts to cut health coverage, increase costs, or eliminate basic services – like cancer screenings and prescription drugs. You can get some ideas for questions— here.
  3. Hold your member accountable. Nearly 100 members came out in support of taking coverage away from millions of Americans. They need to hear directly from you about what that means at public events, letters to the editor, calls to their offices, and social media. If your member opposed this effort, make sure to thank them and encourage them to keep opposing this bad bill.
  4. Need some help with what to say? Here are some talking points to get you started.
We must protect and defend against these threats to our health care. Tell your representatives to permanently reject the AHCA today!

Steven Lopez
Manager, Health Policy Project

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