Yesterday, House Republicans voted to undo significant protections within the Affordable Care Act. You'll recall that they had to withdraw an earlier version of this bill in March because neither party supported it. This time, the cohort behind AHCA was only narrowly able to get the bill out of their chamber of Congress--passing with the slim margin of four votes.
- 213 opposed the bill: All 193 Democrats in the House and 20 Republicans
- the remaining 217 voted in favor of the bill.
Rather than turning toward compromise to bring members of congress from both sides of the aisle together, they altered the Bill to accommodate the far right, particularly members of the Freedom Caucus.
As a reminder, the AHCA is pretty bad for vulnerable populations, and after the updates to make certain regulations more strict, it's only gotten worse.
Start your day by getting some information, Check out our previous posts' action items and additional reading links:
- Contact Republican Senators and urge them to oppose the AHCA.
- Donate money to the campaigns of people running against the Republican Congresspersons who voted in favor of the AHCA. Below are 11 particularly vulnerable seats. You can click their names to donate directly to the candidate running against them (and if you live in their district, give them a call):
- Martha Roby, (334) 428-1129
- Carlos Curbelo, (305) 222-0160
- Erik Paulsen, (952) 405-8510
- Martha McSally, (520) 881-3588
- Don Young, (907) 271-5978
- Scott Tipton, (719) 587-5105
- You can volunteer with Swing Left, an organization focused on identifying vulnerable red seats and turning them blue.
- Reward yourself with this Anti-Trump Aerobics class.