On May 4th, 2017, The passage of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was a devastating blow to Americans access to quality, affordable health care. If enacted into law, the AHCA could have the following effects: (1) cause as many as 24 million Americans to lose coverage altogether; (2) roll back funding for lifesaving services like cancer screenings, maternity care, and substance use disorder/mental health treatment; (3) unwind the Medicaid program, causing irreparable harm to the most vulnerable among us.
There were no public hearings or a CBO re-analysis prior to passage of the amended AHCA. Opposition to it came from both sides of the aisle and from all sectors of the medical community, the health care industry, and those most directly impacted – consumers. We cannot, as a nation, allow our patients and loved ones to endure this amount of uncertainty over their healthcare. American citizens deserve better.
It is time for Congress to prioritize patients over politics. We demand that Congress reject the AHCA and any legislative measures that would turn back the clock on the important advances that have been made to ensure comprehensive coverage for all Americans . We demand a truly bipartisan approach with a goal of achieving a patient-centric health care system for all consumers.
Join us on SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 for a NATIONAL RALLY FOR HEALTHCARE on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. For those who can’t make it to Washington, D.C., we encourage supporters to host sister rallies in their own states and to stand with us in solidarity. Healthcare must be a right for all and not a privilege for the few. Democrats and Republicans are patients first. Thank you for your support.
We are grateful for all those willing to support and donate for this event. This event will require submitting permits, booking speakers, securing audio equipment for our speakers, and other logistical tasks such as securing a ASL interpreter.
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“Unfortunately, until this country joins the rest of the developed world with universal healthcare the ACA remains a big improvement and needs to be protected until universal healthcare can be a reality”