#ProtectOurCare and #ProtectPrevention: Stop ACA Repeal in the Senate
July 27, 2017
UPDATE: Earlier this week, Senate leaders passed a "motion to proceed," opening debate on different repeal options for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They are now one big step closer to actually repealing and replacing ACA—gutting healthcare coverage and ripping away prevention funding from millions of Americans.
It's likely that the Senate will vote on the so-called 'skinny' repeal bill in the next few days. If passed, the bill would decimate critical components of the ACA, and eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a landmark fund that invests in proven strategies to prevent chronic and infectious diseases in communities across the country, and currently makes up 12% of CDC's budget. It would leave 16 million Americans without healthcare.
This is unacceptable—that's why we've joined in with other public health leaders in a new call to protect health and prevention. But we need your help:
- Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121: Tell your Senators to vote NO on ACA repeal, and urge them to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Scroll down or click here to see our updated talking points
- Send a tweet:.@phidotorg @publichealth @HealthyAmerica1 @preventioninst & @SOPHEtweets say no to ACA repeal, stand w prevention: http://bit.ly/2tGI3dn
We know we’ve been emailing and asking for your help a lot over the past few weeks, but here’s the truth: We keep thinking that the Senate attempts to take away our healthcare are over—but they keep coming back to it, and it’s not getting any better. Our healthcare is simply too important to use as a political stunt. We have to keep fighting every time it could be at risk. Thank you for fighting alongside us.
Senate leadership wants a vote TODAY to move forward with a version of a bill to repeal ACA. We only have a few hours left to stop ACA repeal in the Senate. We need to make sure that our senators' phones are ringing nonstop from folks who support ACA—and we only have a few hours left to get as loud as we can. Here's how you can help:
- Call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell your senators to vote NO on any vote or motion that would move ACA repeal forward, and that you support a bipartisan approach to addressing healthcare. Scroll down or click here to see our updated talking points. (After you've called, send us a tweet or comment on our Facebook post and let us know how the conversation went.)
Call the five key senators who need to hear from you, right now: These senators will make or break today's vote, so if you live in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Nevada or West Virginia—or have friends and family in these states—it's even more important to pick up the phone.
- Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (202) 224-6665
- Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941
- Maine: Sen. Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523
- Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller: (202) 224-6244
- West Virginia: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: (202) 224-6472
- Share, share, share. We need to reach as many people as we can in the next few hours—please help us spread the word:
Urge your senators to vote NO on repealing ACA. Here's why:
- 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 healthcare 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 healthcare costs.
- Protect prevention. Part of the ACA, the landmark 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
In the last few weeks, thousands of people across the country have joined together to fight back against the vicious attacks on our nation's healthcare system, and stood to protect the ACA. We are so thankful to all of you who have called your senators, shared our posts on Facebook, and reached out to friends and colleagues to ask them to take action. Please help us keep up the momentum.
- 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.