Tele-Townhall on the Anniversary of House ACA Repeal Attempt
When: Thursday, May 3 (6-7pm)
Who: Hosted by NJCitizen Action, with Rep. Frank Pallone, NJ Sen. Joe Vitale, Topher Spiro, an author of the ACA
Aim: Discuss what’s happened in health care policy in the year since repeal failed & what we can do to protect our care Participate: Click here for how to join
Did you know that, with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans dominating Congress, the number of uninsured Americans is up by 3.2 million people in 2017? That’s 1.3%, and it’s the first increase since the bulk of the ACA took effect. We had progress going on – incomplete, and imperfect, but progress – and the Republicans try to obstruct it. To my mind, that all by itself is reason to insist on a shift in congressional direction by throwing out as many of the ossified, indifferent, inhumane Republicans as possible, and replacing them with better. There are so many reasons …
A year ago, most House Republicans voted for and passed the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), named by soulless marketing geniuses to sound like the opposite of what it is. Tom MacArthur, eager to play lapdog to the President, and impress his party, authored the amendment that allowed AHCA to pass. Rodney Frelinghuysen finally showed his colors and voted for the GOP plan. This is also where Leonard Lance, cautious and well aware he’s targeted for political takedown, bucked his party publicly on healthcare, hardly ever mentioning his dozens of previous votes to destroy or defund the ACA.
As Republicans were flexing their majority muscle trying to take down Obamacare, fulfilling campaign promises made to the far-right, ordinary people started showing up outside their offices demanding to be heard. For many people, this was their first experience of activism, but the stakes were high – this was people’s lives. A lot of the organizing, info-sharing, and lobbying was organized by NJ Citizen Action (thank you, NJCA). But the fight’s not over. Thursday, there’s a Tele-Townhall, hosted by NJCA, with Rep. Frank Pallone, NJ Senator Joe Vitale, and Topher Spiro of Center for American Progress (CAP), and an architect of the ACA. Details how to join, above.
When House Republicans voted for health care repeal they sent a direct message to Americans from coast to coast: our right to health care is worth less than their political gain. The passage of the GOP health care repeal bill was an inexcusable attack, but GOP efforts to sabotage our care since then have not slowed down. Thanks to continued sabotage 3.2 million more Americans were uninsured at the end of 2017 than the previous year. And thanks to additional sabotage included in the GOP Tax Bill, which Congressman Tom MacArthur also voted for, premiums will rise by double digits in the coming year.