Now is the Time to Stop the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

by David Stacy

Senate Republicans are closing in on the 50 votes they need to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

According to the Huffington Post, “Senate Republicans are closer than ever to repealing Obamacare.” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to repeal it by the end of the month – and he’s closing in on the 50 votes needed to get it done! If he can get Senators Murkowski, Flake, Gardner, Cassidy, Collins, Heller, Capito and/or Portman to vote yes, it could pass. Trump will then sign the repeal and LGBTQ healthcare will be forever changed.

HRC is fighting back against this effort to throw millions of LGBTQ Americans off their health insurance, but we need you to join us in convincing your senator to oppose this effort. We really need to move quickly here – text “SAVE ACA” to 30644 to be connected to your senator’s office and tell them to reject this repeal bill.

The bill has been crafted behind closed doors without hearings, debates or public drafts. They’ve even refused to release the text – keeping it from senators like Tammy Baldwin who fear it will drastically hurt the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community. Here’s what we do know about the repeal effort that passed the House:

  • It would result in at least 14 million Americans losing insurance by 2018 and 23 million being uninsured by 2026 – including skyrocketing the uninsured rate of kids by 50 percent.
  • It would allow companies to once again deny health insurance to someone living with a pre-existing condition including people living with HIV.
  • It would dramatically alter Medicaid, causing millions of women, children, the disabled and people living with HIV to lose health coverage.
  • It would threaten the funding of Planned Parenthood and their clinics, which often serve as the only quality-affordable LGBTQ friendly health provider in communities.

Will you join HRC as we call on Senators to reject this dangerous attempt to undermine healthcare access and preserve the incredible gains the LGBTQ community has made under the Affordable Care Act? All you need to do is text “SAVE ACA” to 30644 and we’ll get you connected.