As we posted earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a margin of 4 votes. This legislation now is in the Senate and we urge you to take some simple steps outlined by our partners, Medicare Rights Center below to protect our health care and stop the American Health Care Act from becoming law.
- Go to an event where your Representative or Senator is speaking. Members of Congress need to hear from you about what passing the AHCA would mean for you and your family. Urge them to reject the AHCA and to instead identify bipartisan solutions to protect and strengthen the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid. If they are not holding town halls, find a rally or demonstration to attend. Find an event in your district or state.
- Call Congress. A phone call is one of the most powerful ways to communicate with your members of Congress. Call the SEIU Health Care Security Hotline at 866-426-2631 and enter your zip code to be connected to your members of Congress. Tell them what the AHCA bill would mean for you and your family. Demand that they protect the ACA as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
- Spread the word—#ProtectOurCare. Much of the debate about the future of health care is happening online. Follow the Medicare Rights Center on Facebook and Twitter, and use social media to share Medicare Watch articles, news, and other perspectives in real time. A simple way to keep up with the latest is by using and following the hashtag #ProtectOurCare.
- Share your story. More often than not, Congressional debates about the law become disconnected from the lives of the very families those policies impact. That’s why it’s crucial to tell your story about what Medicare, the ACA, and Medicaid mean to you. ACAworks.org and the Families USA story bank make it easy to share your story.
Medicaid helps millions of Americans access affordable health care, including 11 million people with Medicare and over 30 million children. The ACA helps millions of Americans access affordable health care, including people who have lost their jobs or are trying to start a business. Medicare helps millions of Americans access affordable health care, including retirees and people with disabilities.
Together, these three programs help every single American. But we can only protect Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA if lawmakers in Congress truly understand what these programs mean to the people who elected them.
Whether you do one or all of these things, it’s important to take action to protect our care.
Thanks for making your voices heard!
For additional information, see the Justice in Aging’s fact sheet, The Dangers of the AHCA for Older Adults (PDF).