We have been fighting together to #SaveMedicaid and health care for individuals with disabilities for months now. We know you are physically and emotionally tired, and so are we. But we need to find the collective strength to keep pushing for the sake of our loved ones with Down syndrome. Let’s get fired up!
Today, the Senate will consider dozens of different amendments, and you’ll hear the term “skinny repeal.” This is a basic bill designed to repeal parts of Obamacare without a replacement and without cuts to Medicaid. By no means is this an innocuous version of the ACA repeal though – rather, it is a bait and switch tactic. (See here for more information). If the “skinny repeal” passes in the Senate, it will then force a “conference” with the House of Representatives, which already passed the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) back in May. The Senate and House will have to pick and choose parts from both the AHCA and “skinny repeal” to become part of the final bill. Since the AHCA had caps and cuts to Medicaid, they are likely to be back on the table and the entire Medicaid system as we know it may be gutted.
Please call, visit, tweet and email your Senators repeatedly over the next 24 hours. Check http://www.senate.gov/ for contact info. Particular Senators to target are: Sen. Capito (WV), Sen. Heller (NV), Sen. Moran (KS), Sen. Murkowski (AK), Sen. McCain (AZ), Sen. Collins (ME). If you are a resident of any of these states, we need your voice NOW more than ever. You can use the following talking points:
“I am a constituent from [name of town.] I am a person with Down syndrome [or state your relationship to a person with Down syndrome.]. I urge the Senator to vote NO on ALL attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act currently being considered, including the so-called “skinny repeal.” All of these proposals will be detrimental to people with disabilities and will gut the Medicaid system, upon which we rely to live and work in the community. It is time to start from scratch and come up with a bipartisan solution to improve the health care system. Please – slow down, talk to all stakeholders and hear the worried voices of your constituents.”
Many of you attended our Convention in Sacramento last weekend and added your voices to our video to #SaveMedicaid. Please share this videowith your networks and, most importantly, with your legislators.
Make your own video and share it with your Senators and Representatives via email, tweets and Facebook posts. Together, we can win this fight!