#ProtectPrevention: Stop ACA Repeal in the Senate
June 26, 2017
This is it. It's do or die—literally—when it comes to protecting our healthcare. The Senate is expected to vote this week on their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And it is terrible.
22 milllion are expected to lose coverage, and according to a new review from the Annals of Internal Medicine, 28,600 more people could die every year if the proposed bill becomes law. The bill would will gut critical public health infrastructure and make coverage less accessible for millions of Americans—all while delivering tax breaks to the rich, on the backs of the elderly, the poor, rural Americans, people with pre-existing conditions, and other vulnerable communities.
Even if you have called or acted already, even if you are sure your Senators are voting against this devastating bill, we need you to act again today. Call your senators, text your family, find your friends on Facebook and tell them to take action, too.
Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or click and share our Facebook post to get the word out. See below for more ways to take action.
- Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Senator's offices (be sure to check our list, below, to see top priority Senate targets). You can also click here to look up your Senators and their contact information. Tell your Senators to vote against the bill, ask them to publicly oppose it now, and talk about the importance of continued investments in public health and prevention. Even if you've called before, now is the time to call again.
- Not in a priority state? Already called your Senators about ACA repeal today? Click here to share our Facebook post so that we can reach every voter in every state—don't forget to tag your friends in priority states to ask them to call.
(find and tag your Facebook friends in Alaska)
- Protect our care. Repealing the ACA would leave millions of Americans without access to quality, affordable insurance. It's not fair to leave the people who are more vulnerable—elderly, poor and rural Americans—to pay huge increases while the wealthy get breaks to save money at their expense.
- Protect public health. The ACA does more than increase health care coverage—it also contributes directly to state and local public health departments and community-based health and safety initiatives, like CDC funding, vaccines, and other critical programs to address and prevent infectious disease and other outbreaks. Without these funds, our nation will be less prepared to tackle illnesses and diseases. As a result, there will be more premature deaths, more preventable disease, and higher health care costs.
- Protect prevention. Part of the ACA, the Prevention and Public Health Fund invests in proven strategies to prevent chronic and infectious diseases. Eliminating this funding stream would lead to an increase in preventable disease and death, and would put the security of our nation at risk.
More ways to take action
- Share our post on Facebook so we can reach every voter in every state. Don't forget to tag your friends in priority states and ask them to call, too.
- Send a tweet: Call now to stop ACA repeal in the Senate! See how with tips from @phidotorg: http://bit.ly/PROTECTPUBLICHEALTH #ProtectPrevention #ProtectOurCare
- Send an email to friends and colleagues, and ask them to call their Senators.
- Read the joint statement from the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health: "The fight to protect public health is more important than ever."
- Sign up for our alerts to stay in the loop about this and other advocacy opportunities to protect public health.