ACA Repeal is Back: Call Now to #ProtectOurCare
September 25, 2017
Last week, hundreds of you called your senators, shared our Facebook posts, and urged your friends and colleagues to take action to protect our healthcare. Thank you. It's making a difference—but we still need to keep up the pressure.
That's why we joined other public health leaders in a call to protect health and stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Read the full statement.
We need your help to push the Senate to say no to this bill—if a vote happens, it will have to be this week. Here's what you can do:
- Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell your senators to vote NO on ACA repeal. Even if you called last week, please call again. Scroll down or click here 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.)
- Click here to share our Facebook post so that we can reach every voter in every state, and don't forget to tag your friends in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia—their voices are especially needed in this fight.
A surprise new effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gaining traction 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.
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.
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (202) 224-6665
- Sen. Jeff Flake: (202) 224-4521
- Sen. John McCain: (202) 224-2235
- Sen. Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523
- Sen. Rob Portman: (202) 224-3353
West Virginia (find and tag your Facebook friends in West Viginia)
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: (202) 224-6472
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.
More ways to take action
- Share our Facebook post so we can reach as many people across the country as possible.
- Send a tweet: #ACArepeal is back. Please act now to #ProtectOurCare! Tips, talking pts & more from @phidotorg: http://bit.ly/PROTECTPUBLICHEALTH
- Read and share the joint statement from the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health: Graham-Cassidy Would "Greatly Harm the Nation’s Health"
- Read and share our statement: "Unworkable and Unfair": PHI Statement on Graham-Cassidy Proposal to Repeal ACA
- Sign up for our alerts to stay in the loop about this and other advocacy opportunities to protect public health.