Reeve Foundation Statement on the AHCA

Posted by Peter T. Wilderotter in Daily Dose on May 05, 2017 # Advocacy and Policy

With a final vote of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) yesterday, which will dismantle key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that protect the health and quality of life of individuals with disabilities.

Yesterday, the rights and needs of our community were sidelined. Members of the House of Representatives sent a strong message that they are willing to sacrifice the health of individuals with disabilities without truly understanding the disastrous impact it will have on our community.

The Reeve Foundation does not support the American Health Care Act as it threatens the well-being and quality of life of the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. With significant cuts to Medicaid and the elimination of key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the AHCA poses a serious risk to the community we represent and serve.

Contact your Senators today and let them know that your healthcare matters.

We are not going to stand by and let Congress rollback our health care.

Next the bill will move to the Senate where we believe it will face resistance and pushback; however, that does not mean we can wait to act.

Two ways to contact your Senators:

1) Send a message to your Senators TODAY urging them to vote against AHCA or any version that jeopardizes healthcare for those living with paralysis. The process will take just two minutes, but it can have a life-changing impact.

2) Call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 urging them to vote against AHCA.

While we hope the Senate protects the rights of individuals living with paralysis, we need to let them know that all Americans, especially those living with disabilities, are entitled to comprehensive, accessible and affordable health care coverage.

The Reeve Foundation is committed to fighting for you and with you to defend the needs and health of the paralysis community.

Protect your rights and #JoinReeve.