Republican attempts to gut the life-saving Affordable Care Act are hitting a bumpy road, with members of Congress hearing from constituents at town halls about how repealing the law will have a devastating impact on their lives.
Today, The New York Times reports that ramming through a repeal of the ACA in the House may not be as easy as Republicans thought it would be:
Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom have resisted a wholesale repeal of the health law without a robust replacement plan.
But after weeks of loud protests, boisterous town hall meetings and scores of quieter meetings with health care professionals, patients, caregivers and hospital managers in their districts, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House may be just as hard to reach.
We need to keep the pressure on and let ALL members of Congress know -- Democratic and Republican members alike -- that this law is too important to be dealt with on a politically expedient basis.
PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE HOUSE AND YOUR SENATORS TELLING THEM WHY THE ACA IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.
Why email? It's much harder for a staffer to take down your story on a phone call, and as an email, they can print out or share the story directly with members of Congress or use your story in a speech or on the floor of debate.
Click here to look up your Representative and Senators. Use their "contact" form on the website to submit your story in writing. (Are you in Illinois where ABT is headquarters? Click here for contact information for the Illinois delegation.)
TALKING POINTS TO GUIDE YOU IN YOUR LETTER:
- The Affordable Care Act is flawed, but there is no denying it has saved lives and has made healthcare affordable for millions of Americans.
- Republican attempts to simply repeal the law without a real replacement will plunge millions of Americans into uncertainty and danger. Healthcare is too important an issue to be dealt with in such a political manner.
- Because reforming the ACA will affect every American, it is important that the reform process be as transparent and deliberate as possible, with ample feedback from constituents like me.