Slow Down the Train Wreck of the ACA Repeal

  • Week of January 16, 2017

On Thursday House Republicans took a major step to repeal the Affordable Care Act using a sneaky tactic called a “reconciliation bill.” It limits the long speeches Congress members routinely use to delay action, aka filibuster.

But not so fast. Sure, repealing health care would make many Republicans feel large and in charge. But without an alternative -- one that does not deprive protections to kids under 26, those with pre-existing conditions, those who risk hitting coverage caps, and Medicare recipients--this move will endanger the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people.

People across the country, including at rallies across the country on Sunday, are asking questions like “I’ve had breast cancer. What’s going to happen to me?” Congress is being forced to listen.

Even Republicans. A growing number of senators, representatives, and governors, have broken with their own party to demand a slow down of the repeal.

All-of-us must must demand that Congress avoid, in Sen. Chuck Schumer’s words, replacing “affordable care with chaos." 

Here's how:

1. Read this two-pager on what repealing the ACA will mean nationally and read up on the impact on your state.

2. Demand that your Senators and Representatives tell you what will happen if the ACA is gutted without a replacement. Tell them what losing the ACA will mean to you. Use this script

3. Tell the Republican Congress members that have broken with the GOP how much you appreciate their efforts to stop the train wreck. If you are not a constituent, share this widely to reach constituents. Here’s a list and script.