Take Action: Kill the AHCA Before It Kills Us
May 8, 2017
The ACA repeal bill, the "American Health Care Act," (AHCA) barely squeaked out of the House of Representatives last Thursday 217-213, with just 20 Republicans defecting and voting against it. The bill that passed was, in many respects, worse than the original that was rejected in March, giving states the ability to seek waivers to requirements that insurance companies cover essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, and to restrictions about how much they could charge people with preexisting conditions (like everyone living with HIV, among countless others).
Still, the bill has a long road ahead before it could become law. The Senate has expressed little interest in taking up the bill as it is currently written, and the margin of Republicans' majority in the Senate is much narrower. We need to make sure our Representatives in the House know how we feel about their votes -- whether positive or negative -- and we need to start applying the same pressure to our Senators now.
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