Yesterday, Senate Republicans introduced a revised version of their healthcare plan and PPMD fears it is potentially even more devastating for our community than previous versions. Furthermore, they think they have the votes to pass.
"The bill would utterly eviscerate Medicaid, which is relied on by tens of millions of poor, elderly and disabled Americans. It would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid and cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the program. It would also transform the program into a block grant, for the first time allowing states to kick enrollees off their coverage and cut back benefits."
The only chance we have of it NOT happening is to have at least 3 Republican Senators vote NO. The time to take action is NOW.
The following have said they are likely to oppose the bill. If you live in their state, contact them, tell them how you feel about this bill, rally behind their NO vote. Support them in standing firm.
These senators have expressed concerns and are likely to be most receptive to aggressive outreach from constituents - but are currently planning to vote yes. This needs to change to NO. Some of these members have personal connections to our rare disease communities. Call them. Tell them how this impacts us.
And - no matter what - ALL Senators should hear from their constituents. Democrats and Republicans. Let them know how these proposals will impact you. Their constituent. Who they were elected to represent. Here's what's on the chopping block:
Never has it been more important for our community to raise our voices and take action. This isn't just possible. It's PROBABLE.
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Please Protect Medicaid and Vote NO on ACHA
Dear [Decision Maker],
I strongly urge you vote against the Senate version of ACHA, it will dismantle Medicaid and will devastate those living with disabilities. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would decimate Medicaid -- it would lead to more than $800 billion in cuts over the next decade. In response states will have no choice but to reduce services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]