Dear HIV Community: Fight for Your Health Care in U.S. Senate Trumpcare Bill
U.S. Senate Likely to Vote Next Week to Decimate Healthcare for People Living With HIV; Result Will Be Unnecessary Death and Suffering
June 22, 2017
We implore people living with HIV (PLHIV) and everyone who loves us to take IMMEDIATE ACTION to contact your Senators to kill the AHCA. PWN-USA has put together a #KillTheBill Resource Center to provide you with the tools you need to make an impact.
This is not exaggerated rhetoric. This is not a rehearsal. This is for real. The AHCA is so catastrophic that 6 members of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned in protest late last week. If you get insurance through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act (an insurance exchange), you personally are at tremendous risk. 23 million Americans may lose coverage over the next decade; 14 million may lose it next year.
While much of the media is focused on the various investigations underway, the real right-wing agenda -- leaving tens of millions uninsured by replacing the ACA with the so-called "American Health Care Act" -- has moved ahead at an alarming rate. If you value the lives of PLHIV, other with preexisting conditions, and of those who rely on Medicaid for health care, take action this moment, right now, before you check your next email.
Six Republican Senators are especially high-priority targets as they have not yet committed to vote for the AHCA, or have expressed serious reservations about it: Sen. Murkowski (Alaska), Sen. Flake (Arizona), Sen. Gardner (Colorado), Sen. Paul (KY), Sen. Cassidy (LA), Sen. Collins (Maine), Sen. Heller (Nevada), Sen. Portman (Ohio), Sen. Graham (SC), Sen. Cruz (TX), Sen. Lee (UT), Sen. Capito (West Virginia), Sen. Johnson (WI).
What we are asking of you:
If the Senators or their staff will not agree to an appointment, go to their offices, go to their homes, go to where they shop for their groceries, go anywhere you can make your voice heard.
There is no graver or more immediate threat to people living with HIV in the U.S. than this proposed deadly "American Health Care Act."
We need all hands on deck to persuade these uncommitted Senators to oppose the AHCA when it comes up for a vote next week.
To do this, we must work together, immediately.
Help us mobilize nationally to convince uncommitted Republican Senators that for many of us, our lives depend upon their vote. You can find resources here, including a guide to setting up a meeting with your Senators, talking points, additional information and how to customize your message specific to the targeted states.
We must defeat this bill. Our lives depend on it.
Yours in solidarity, anger and action,
Positive Women's Network - USA
This article was provided by Positive Women's Network of the United States of America. Visit PWN-USA's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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