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ACTION ALERT: the clock is ticking to save the Affordable Care Act!

Dear friends,

Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act THIS MONTH – and we need your help to stop them. Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to vote NO on ACA repeal.

We asked Congress to show us their plan for replacement. They finally did, and it’s a disaster. If this bill passes, millions of Americans will lose health insurance coverage. This bill will make it harder to buy insurance, and insurance companies will be allowed to charge disabled people more money for worse health coverage–including autistic people. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill will drastically cut Medicaid over the next 10 years, and slash funding for services people with disabilities rely on every day. The Affordable Care Act helped more people, including people with disabilities, get health coverage. A plan that doesn’t do the same thing is not a replacement for the ACA.

If we’re going to fight this, we need to do it fast. Our calls are working, but your members of congress need to hear from you again. You can find contact information for your U.S. Representative here, and for your two Senators here. Call them and tell them to vote NO on ACA repeal.

Script for calling your Members of Congress
My name is  [your full name] . I’m a constituent of  [Representative Name/Senator Name] , and I live in  [your town] . I’m calling to ask  [the Representative/ the Senator]  to vote NO on the current budget reconciliation which repeals the Affordable Care Act. This bill would take lifesaving health coverage away from your constituents, and it would cut funding for Medicaid services that people depend on to live in the community. A bill that causes millions of Americans to lose their health coverage isn’t a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Please vote NO on the budget reconciliation.  

There is a lot at risk in this moment, but we really can make a difference by speaking out. Don’t let them take away our health care without a fight. Make sure they know: Nothing About Us Without Us!

P.S. –  ASAN’s new plain-language toolkit They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials includes strategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected officials. We also have a separate factsheet on How to Call Your Elected Officials. You can use these tools to help you when you call your Members of Congress and tell them to vote NO on repealing the ACA.

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