VICTORY: Advocates Save the ACA

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Today, the House of Representatives pulled the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Speaker Paul Ryan just said publicly that the ACA “is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.” This is a huge victory for disabled people and for everyone who relies on the ACA for health insurance – and it wouldn’t have been possible without your advocacy. If you called, emailed, faxed, wrote letters, or otherwise got in touch with your Representative on this issue, you did this.

Did your Representative oppose the bill? If they did, please call, write or email to thank them for their vote. Getting in touch now can help motivate your Representative to stand up for people with disabilities in the future–or the next time Congress tries to mess with our health care. You can find contact information for your Representative here.  

Script: My name is [your full name]. I’m a constituent of Representative [name], and I live in [your town]. I’m calling to thank Representative [name] for speaking out against the ACA repeal bill. Your opposition helped millions of Americans keep their health insurance, and ensured that disabled people in our district and across the country won’t lose the Medicaid services they depend on to live in the community. Please continue to work to protect our health care and Medicaid.

Representatives who opposed the bill will be hearing from people who are upset that they did. Make sure they hear from you as well! Let’s send a clear message that the disability community is still watching.

Again, thank you so much for your advocacy. You made this victory possible. People with disabilities will face more threats in the coming months and years, but if we can keep fighting this hard, we can keep winning. We are humbled and reinvigorated by what our community can accomplish. Thank you for your advocacy.