Thursday, February 23, 2017

Organizing for Action

Infuriatingly, members of Congress continue to push for the repeal of Obamacare. It's unnerving for a number of reasons, but just remember what our health care system looked like just a few years ago -- especially for women.

Before the law was signed, maternity care was not considered an essential benefit -- if an expectant mother's plan didn't cover it, she could be facing huge costs just to make sure she had a healthy baby. Preventive care was inaccessible for millions of women. Insurance companies could refuse to cover women who had been sick or pregnant, or who'd had a C-section. And women could be charged higher insurance premiums just for being women. None of that is OK.

Obamacare was a huge step in the right direction. It changed all of that, making quality care more accessible for women across the country (all while helping reduce the uninsured rate to historic levels, I should note).

Opponents of the law don't seem to care about that. They're still scheming to rip away coverage from millions of Americans. The fact is, repealing Obamacare and ending Medicaid as we know it would put the health and economic security of 7.8 million women -- including 5.1 million women of color -- at risk. So if we don't want to go back to the way things were, it's up to all of us to say something.

Do one thing today to speak out against repeal and in support of Obamacare -- add your name to the petition now, and we'll follow up with other ways you can make an impact.

Before Obamacare became law, only one state had nearly universal coverage among female residents between 18 and 64. In the years since the law passed, five states and Washington, D.C. have achieved nearly universal health coverage of women between 18 and 64 -- and in the majority of states, more than 90 percent now have coverage.

That's undeniable progress. We should be building on it. Opponents could be investing this time into figuring out how to expand access to more people, how to make it work better for all parties involved -- but instead, they're attempting to drag us back to the way things were before the law was passed, with millions of women losing their health care in the process.

That's unacceptable. Don't stay silent as they try to take away our care -- make your voice heard now.

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