Secrecy isn’t the only problem
So what does that mean for advocates? If we keep the pressure on ACA repeal/replace plans could collapse and die in the House before ever getting to the Senate.
What are we doing to keep the pressure on?
A number of RWV regional coordinators participated in town halls and other local events during last week’s Congressional recess to get out the message that we need Congress to Protect Our Care. RWV’s regional coordinator in Georgia, the Feminist Women's Health Center, was busy over the recess. Staff, board members, and 20 volunteers participated in a rally to welcome the Save My Care bus tour to Atlanta on Feb. 20. On Feb. 25, FWHC staff and volunteers march with a banner in the Atlanta March for Healthcare. The march was organized by the group behind the Atlanta Women's March, now known as the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. The march went past the location where the Democratic National Committee was meeting, in order to urge party leadership and lawmakers to protect the Affordable Care Act. FWHC staffer Kwajelyn Jackson (shown at left) was one of the speakers.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), our regional coordinator working in Connecticut and Rhode Island, participated in a series of town hall events organized by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat. Attendees urged him to protect the health care of millions of Americans. Last Saturday, Gretchen Raffa, Director of Public Policy, Advocacy & Strategic Engagement for PPSNE spoke at a rally with Connecticut U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, both vocal defenders of the ACA and of Planned Parenthood funding, which is threatened. Raffa is at left in the photo, standing next to Senator DeLauro (center) and an ob-gyn, Dr. Nancy Stanwood.
Consumer Health First (CHF), our Maryland regional coordinator, was busy over the Congressional recess, attending town halls in Harford County and Queen Anne’s County. CHF Executive Director, Jeananne Sciabarra presented at the Harford Town Hall, where she spoke about the benefits of the ACA and the impact ACA repeal would have on Maryland residents. The room held 140 people, with overflow outside the room.
Last Sunday, Consumer Health First partnered with Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore to celebrate Black History Month and talk about health equity and the Affordable Care Act. Their guest speaker was Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.