WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE AHCA
It's happening, folks. The ACA repeal vote // AHCA vote has made it out of the House committees and to the floor for a Congressional vote.
To put this in context: From its unveiling in July 2009 to the first House floor vote November 7, 2009 to the final floor vote March 21, 2010, it took about 263 days for Obamacare to be passed. Keep that in mind when Republicans act as thought it's normal for a major, unprecedented, social welfare program repeal and replacement bill to move this quickly through Congress. It is not normal.
I do not condone resistance as a general and sole method of solving problems. However, ACA is too important to just give up this fight. It is time to be stubborn. Fight for your healthcare; for women's reproductive rights; for those who are more in need than you may be. You may be surprised by how many people will be uninsured under the AHCA plan.
Start your day by getting some information, Check out our previous posts' action items and additional reading links:
- Action on the AHCA
- AHCA: A Political Perspective
- Updates on "Wellcare" AHCA
- GOP Reveals their ACA Replacement
Keep an eye on the Congressional vote. If your representative votes "No," call them and thank them. If they vote "Yes," call them and urge them to reconsider that position in the event the bill returns to the House floor (and it likely will once the Senate reviews it and votes). Review this map for district-specific data, and look up your representatives here, and don't be shy!
Mark your calendars to participate in Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day on March 29, 2017.
In my opinion, the best way to make yourselves heard is through your power to vote. 45's approval rating is already down to 37%-- that is lower than Obama's EVER was, in all 8 years and during a financial crisis. So why should we put up with representatives that blindly follow this oaf of a president simply because they have the same party ID?
Answer: we should not. Mid-term elections are just around the corner. More than one third of the Senate seats are up for re-election. Democrats have to defend 25 of those seats. There are ten Democratic Senate seats that could flip in the 2018 election. Do not let that happen.
This mid-term election is important for the president. Historically, the president's party loses seats in the first mid-term election after inauguration. Since 45's approval rating is so low, this could be the time for Democrats to unite and unify their message to win back the government.
Involve yourself in get out the vote (GOTV) initiatives. Organizations like Rock The Vote can help you remember upcoming elections in your area, and help you find events to GOTV.