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It’s on us to stop this bill

We need you to act now. ACA repeal is back in the Senate, and it’s just as damaging as before. The latest bill still eliminates protections for people with pre-existing conditions, still slashes funding for the Medicaid services that people with disabilities rely on, and would still leave millions without health insurance. We’re back where we were before – they want to take away our health care, and we can’t let them.

Graphic from FamiliesUSA showing that the Graham-Cassidy bill and the previous repeal bills have the following things in common: eliminates coverage for millions, makes massive cuts to Medicaid, eliminates the ACA's guarantee of financial help for lower- and middle-income families, guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, pushes health care costs onto states

We need your help to defeat this bill and defend our health care. Here’s what you can do:

  • Call your Members of Congress, then email them. You can find phone numbers for your Representative and Senators’ offices at contactingcongress.org. Access Living has an email tool you can use to send them emails. You can make your own scripts when you contact your elected officials, or use ours:

My name is [your name], and I live in [your town]. I’m [calling/writing] to ask [Senator Name /Representative Name] to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy bill, or any other bills that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut Medicaid funding and leave millions of people with no health insurance. The people of [your state] are still watching, and our health care is just as important to us now as it was in July. We’re counting on you to do the right thing and save our health care. Please vote NO on Graham-Cassidy.

If you find it easier to leave an answering machine message than to talk to a staffer on the phone, call after 5 PM. If you don’t speak, you can call using your AAC device, or get a friend to call in and read your message.

  • Talk to your Members of Congress at town halls and other public appearances. From today through Monday, your Senators and Representative are back in their home state. You can find their public appearances listed on their websites, and you can also check TownHallProject.com.
  • Attend a local rally. In the next week, lots of community organizations will be holding rallies to save health care, and they will need a disability presence. Check with other civil rights and social justice organizations in your area, and be on the lookout for actions that might be organized with very little notice.

We know you’re tired of having to fight for your basic right to health care. We’re tired too. It’s easy to just want this whole thing to be over – and that’s what they’re gambling on. They are counting on our silence. We can’t give it to them. Contact your elected officials and let them know that when it comes to our health care, there should be Nothing About Us Without Us!

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