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Senate Moving Fast on Health Care

By Amelia Kegan, June 13, 2017

Don't sit this one out. Senators are moving fast to try and vote on a bill that cuts Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars -- an essential program that provides health care coverage for 69 MILLION people nationwide. This is an "all hands on deck" moment.

Health care for millions is in danger. Act now:

What senators hear now and in the coming days will determine whether they pass legislation that would destroy the system enabling some of the most vulnerable people in our country to have access to health care. Among the 23 million people who would be directly affected are seniors, children, veterans, people with disabilities, and people suffering with substance use and mental health conditions.

Your voice matters. Take action today.

The shockwaves from this bill – which Senate leadership plans to bring to a vote without any hearings and with very little notice – would have devastating effects on millions of lives and our economy. Your voice right now is critically important. 

Don’t be fooled by senators’ promises that their bill is “better” than what passed the House. The effects will still be terrible. The Senate version will still end the guarantee of Medicaid. Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, says the Senate bill will be 80 percent of what passed the House. The House bill cuts Medicaid by $850 billion over ten years and leaves 23 million people without coverage. 80 percent of that is still unacceptable. 

Some senators are hoping that you aren’t paying attention to these kinds of details. But we know that “the details” of health care policy are life and death.

We only have three weeks before Senate leadership is planning to vote – your action right now matters.

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.