Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D- Illinois, stood on the House floor today and addressed Republicans who were announcing their support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “Did you really come to Congress to take health care away from 24 million people?”
No, as it turned out, not all of the Republicans thought that was a good idea. Thousands of calls from constituents and warnings from the Congressional Budget office about the likely impact of the bill apparently convinced enough Republicans that the AHCA was not ready for prime time. Last-minute changes to the bill to assuage the far-right House Freedom Caucus had made the bill even worse by opening the door for insurers to drop coverage for maternity care, hospital stays, prescription drugs, mental health care, cancer treatment and more. People with pre-existing conditions faced the possibility of exorbitant prices for health coverage.
Raising Women’s Voices joins our colleagues in the #ProtectOurCare coalition in a big sigh of relief that the American public has been spared this devastating bill – at least for now. We helped make the case to moderate Republicans that this bill went too far.
We extend our deepest thanks to all of Raising Women’s Voices regional coordinators, supporters and allies who helped make possible today’s action halting the AHCA in its tracks. Our families can rest easier tonight, with peace of mind that the health coverage we count on will still be there for us.
But, we must stay vigilant. This is only the first attempt to roll back the advances we have made with the Affordable Care Act! We must be mindful that a number of the Republican members of the House who refused to support the bill thought it didn’t go far enough!
As you celebrate tonight and this weekend, plan to stay with us going forward. We need to pull together to protect our health care in this turbulent political time.