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Rallying to Save the Affordable Care Act

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Last Wednesday, governors from across the country, congressional leaders, and special interest groups met in Washington, DC, to unveil new efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As these groups met behind closed doors to strategize the best route to dismantle the ACA, they were met with protestors representing groups across the political spectrum, urging bipartisan action on health care reform and speaking out against repealing the ACA. While the ACA is by no measure perfect, repealing the law would jeopardize the health of thousands of Americans who rely on it to access vital medical care.

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act target the most vulnerable Americans, including those with chronic illnesses, people living in poverty, single mothers, and children. The proposed plan is similar to the Graham-Cassidy Bill that failed to pass last Summer. Last year, the League vehemently voiced opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal, and helped mobilize League volunteers and supporters against the proposal, and the repeal and replace effort. 

LWVUS interns Ana Little-Saña and Maya Stone joined Health Care Voter and Protect our Care — two groups working to stop the legislative efforts to repeal and replace the ACA — to protest the unveiling of new health care reform legislation.

Thousands of Americans with pre-existing conditions, as well as unemployed or self-employed individuals, depend on the ACA to access care. 

The repeal and replace effort last year mobilized political action across the country, with voters and activists demanding a public conversation around health care and with grassroots efforts to ask lawmakers to hold town halls and listen to constituent feedback. Voters on both sides of the issue deserve the ability to make their voices heard and ensure that their elected officials adequately represent their interests. Additionally, legislation changes affecting so many Americans should not be made behind closed doors. 

Thank you to groups like Health Care Voter and Protect Our Care for all their work to make moves around the ACA more transparent. These issues impact all of us and should be made with our input and awareness.

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