This is what activists chanted Tuesday in the Senate chambers, right before 51 GOP politicians voted to move forward on a proposal that will dismantle our care and put the lives of millions of Americans -- mostly low-income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly -- at risk.
The entire process has been secretive, confusing, and a direct attack on our nation's wellbeing. For those of us who center health and sustainability in our lives, the time is NOW to rise up against any legislation that threatens care for people who need it most.
Today, the Senate is considering several amendments to the bill in question:
-Repeal + replace the Senate bill with the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" passed by the House, which deeply cuts Medicaid, redefines the "essential benefits" insurance must cover (like maternity care and mental health), and defunds Planned Parenthood for a year.
*Update: Senate Parliamentarian ruled that "repeal and replace" amendment must reach 60 votes to pass. This is bad news for Republicans, who had two (women!) members vote NO with Democrats yesterday.
-Repeal. That's it. Just completely repeal the ACA with no back-up plan for millions who will lose their health care.
*Update: Amendment failed.
-"Skinny repeal" "in which a series of amendments would be made to the House bill that would repeal certain parts of the Affordable Care act."
Now is the time to act. We need everyone showing up and speaking out at the point of impact: by calling our Senators, demonstrating our collective opposition, and demanding health care that doesn’t leave the most vulnerable behind.
If you believe that everyone deserves to be well, this pledge of solidarity isn’t just a signature. It’s a commitment to rise up and take care of one another, no matter what.