1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

Devastating Health Care Bill Passes House

By Amelia Kegan, May 4, 2017

On to the Senate. We’re heartbroken and outraged that hundreds of representatives supported health care legislation that would force more people to choose between life-saving medical care and crushing debt or bankruptcy. If passed into law, it would end Medicaid as we know it, eliminate key patient protections, and eliminate coverage for 24 million people.

Thank you!

Your advocacy protected the Affordable Care Act. Now hold your senators accountable for their votes.

Call your senators

But we can’t lose focus now. The Senate is our last, best chance to stop this legislation from making health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions. Please email your senators right now, then follow up with a phone call.

This bill just squeaked through because it’s bad policy that will harm millions of people. And the last-minute “compromise” that finally got more representatives to sign on didn’t fix any of the problems with the legislation. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the AHCA passed today would leave 24 million more people without health coverage in the next decade. Who would it help? The wealthy, medical insurance companies, and drug companies would all get tax cuts. Act now: Urge your senators to put patients and constituents before insurance company profits.

Congress initially planned to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Inauguration Day – more than 100 days ago. You got in their way. Your calls, emails, lobby visits, and letters to the editor pushed this vote back again and again. Now we need to put pressure on the Senate to stop the legislation once and for all.

Today, take the first step by emailing your senators. Next week, when your representative is home for recess, show up for a town hall and make sure they know how you feel about their vote today – senators will be paying attention. We’ll keep you updated with the most important actions you can take to stop the legislation from passing into law.

It’s not over yet.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.