Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
Working people across the country are flooding their legislators’ town halls this week to demand that Congress not take health care away from tens of millions of people.
It’s hard to believe, but some extreme legislators want to carry out a quadruple threat against health care in America. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act coverage without providing anything close to a decent replacement. They’re planning to slash the Medicaid program that provides essential services to children, people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as end Medicare as we know it. On top of this, they want to impose a new tax on workplace health benefits that will come directly out of workers’ paychecks and lead many to lose the coverage we get through our jobs.
But these legislators are now feeling the pressure. Some have even refused to hold town halls just to avoid their constituents. But with health care coverage for tens of millions on the line, we can’t let them ignore us.
It’s never been more important for working people to make our voices heard. Will you take a minute to call your representative right now and demand he or she protect our health care?
The more we hear about the Republican health care plan, the worse it gets. If Republicans repeal the ACA, 30 million Americans could lose health care coverage and millions more will face less affordable and less accessible health care.
And the “replacement” they’ve promised? It would impose a huge new tax on the health benefits of workers and end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.
The bottom line is their plan will cost working people more, cover fewer families and literally endanger the lives of people who need critical care. Affordable health care coverage is a life-or-death issue for many families—and with so much at stake, we can’t afford to stay silent.
We need to send our leaders a powerful message: We won’t let them gut our health care. Call today to demand that your representative do the right thing and protect our care!