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We're Winning on Health Care, But...

By Amelia Kegan, February 9, 2017

We've made huge progress in protecting access to affordable health care for people in our country. Congress is backing away from immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But we still have work to do.

Back in November, congressional leaders promised that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would be repealed right after the inauguration.

Here we are today, in February. The Affordable Care Act is still law. It's still giving tens of millions of people access to affordable health care. Now the word is that Congress doesn't want to replace Obamacare, it wants to repair it.

What happened? You did. You've been telling Congress not to repeal health care reform without an adequate replacement. But we can't let up now.

Members of Congress are backing away from immediate repeal because their phones are ringing off the hook and their email boxes are overflowing. Their constituents are telling them that the ACA is sometimes literally what's keeping them alive, enabling them to afford the medications and treatments they need to live healthy, productive lives. Here are some of your stories, which we're sharing with members of Congress.

Yet many members are still determined to repeal this law, and the current replacement proposals are deeply troubling.

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The Affordable Care Act does need improvement. But the alternative proposals we’re seeing are deeply concerning.

As our colleagues at Families USA explain, expanded Health Savings Accounts, new high-risk pools, and allowing insurers to sell across state lines wouldn't replace the affordable coverage that people currently have.

Instead, they'd create a two-tiered health care system. Healthy people would pay less, but people who are sick or who have pre-existing conditions would find quality coverage unaffordable. And millions of Americans newly covered under Medicaid could be kicked off the program.

We've made huge progress in protecting access to affordable health care for people in our country. But we still have work to do. A letter to the editor is one of the most powerful tools we have to shape lawmakers' opinions. Please write a letter to the editor calling on your members of Congress to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an adequate replacement already in place.

P.S. Remember to include the names of your members of Congress in your letter, so that it will wind up in their daily press clippings. See more tips on writing an effective letter to the editor.

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.