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Thursday
Dec012016

Women speak out about #IfILoseCoverage

 Amazing outpouring of stories from women across the nation!

We used Twitter and Facebook to ask women what would happen if they and their families lose their health insurance coverage through repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Within minutes, we began to hear from women across the country. We will be sharing some of them in the coming weeks, as we mobilize women to stop repeal of the ACA without passage of a viable replacement plan:

          

           

           

           

Stories like these can help us convince policymakers in Washington not to take a risky ACA repeal vote in January, without also approving a solid replacement plan that protects our coverage! Please send us your story about what would happen if you lose your coverage. You can share it using the hashtag #IfILoseCoverage on Twitter or on our Facebook page (RWV4Healthcare). You can also submit it through our on-line form here

We are especially interested in stories from women in these states: Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. We need to convince lawmakers from those states not to vote for repealing the ACA without a replacement. They need to hear about the harm it would do to women and families in their states.

Please donate to support our campaign

Let’s be blunt: The forces that want to repeal our ACA coverage are well funded. We are not. Like women all over the country, we are trying to do what needs to be done with pretty meager resources. We’re careful. We pinch our pennies and look for discounts. But we need your help at this crucial time.

Please support our #IfILoseCoverage campaign with a donation of whatever you can afford. You can make a donation through the Network for Good page of our fiscal sponsor, Community Catalyst. Designate your donation for Raising Women’s Voices.

With Tom Price at HHS, we will have our work cut out for us!

Longtime ACA critic Tom Price is Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. This is bad news for women and for the millions of Americans who benefit from the ACA. Price(R-GA) is an orthopedic surgeon and member of the House of Representatives since 2005. He has been vocal about his intention to repeal the ACA, as well as his opposition to women’s health and family planning services.
 
If confirmed as HHS secretary, Price would control the administration of the ACA, Medicaid, Medicare and theChildren’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). Given Price’s staunch opposition to the ACA, one of his top priorities will likely be its immediate repeal. As a member of Congress, Price has already introduced his own legislation to do just that. Price’s bill -- the Empowering Patients First Act – would do quite the opposite.
 
Here’s what Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) had to say about Price: “Congressman Price has proven to be far out of the mainstream of what Americans want when it comes to Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood. Thanks to those three programs, millions of American seniors, families, people with disabilities and women have access to quality, affordable health care. Nominating Congressman Price to be the HHS secretary is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house.”
 
Price has voted again and again to defund family planning services. He is so out of touch with the realities of women’s lives that, when asked about low-income women who can’t afford birth control without the ACA’s coverage, he responded “bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one.” Price’s comments simply do not reflect reality. In fact, a recent poll indicated that over half of young women aged 18 to 34 have struggled to afford prescription birth control.
 
Help us send the message to Price and others in Washington that women’s health matters and we cannot afford to lose our coverage. Join our #IfILoseCoverage social media campaign and share your own story about what would happen if you lost coverage.

 

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