How did your Representative vote on the AHCA?
Republicans in the House of Representatives managed to narrowly pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), with a vote of 217 to 213. This is a dangerous and irresponsible step that threatens access to healthcare for at least 24 million people, and it violates our faith teaching and the values of our nation. Read NETWORK's full statement online.
The AHCA cuts $880 billion from Medicaid to give large tax cuts to the very wealthiest. This is far from the Gospel mandate to care for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. It takes away access to healthcare for the most vulnerable and widens the gaps in inequality in our society. This vote was a vote against the millions of children, elderly, people living with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty who are supported by Medicaid.
In order to appease the Freedom Caucus, the bill was amended to strip crucial protections for the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. The recent changes also gutted the Essential Health Benefit requirements that have expanded access to real, quality, health coverage. Despite these drastic changes, Congress rushed this terrible policy through without a Congressional Budget Office score to know the true consequences and without listening to the needs of the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose the AHCA.
Next, we will need to take a collective deep breath and regroup for healthcare in the Senate. But first, we need to hold Representatives accountable for how they voted. Email your Representative now to thank them, or express your anger, for their vote on the AHCA.
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