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On May 4, 2017 the Republican-controlled House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a disastrous piece of legislation that would have dismantled the Affordable Care Act, and ripped health care away from 20 million Americans. Luckily the GOP’s repeal effort was unsuccessful, and two years later, more than sixty of those Republican members who voted for it are no longer in office, and Democrats have taken control of the House. This week, in the days leading up to this two year anniversary of that infamous vote this Saturday, Protect Our Care will be highlighting how the GOP’s failed attempt to pass the ACHA has catalyzed their agenda of sabotage in the years since.
Since the now infamous “victory lap” photo in the Rose Garden after the House GOP vote for the disastrous repeal bill, which ultimately failed, they have continued to sabotage the law at every turn.
Over the next few days Protect Our Care will hold events in states across the country and release fact sheets and digital content that will make clear the contrast between Republican’s sabotage and repeal agenda and Democrats’ lower cost, better care agenda. To kick off this week of activity around the May 4 anniversary, Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:
“Two years ago, Republican’s went to the White House to dance on the grave of the Affordable Care Act but as it turned out they were digging their own political graves in the process. While they patted each other on the back and swilled beer to celebrate the passage of a bill to strip protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions and rip health care away from 20 million Americans, the American people took note and elected a pro-health care Democratic Majority in the House by sending scores of Republicans packing. Even though the GOP bill crashed and burned, leading to a crushing defeat in the midterms, Republicans and President Trump have continued their all-out war on America’s health care in the courts, in Congress, and within the administration. To mark this infamous day in our history we will continue to hold Republicans accountable for their ongoing war on American health care.”
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The American people will always remember the disgraceful
#AHCA vote on May 4th, 2017 as a symbol of the @GOP’s war on health care, and there’s no doubt they will continue to hold @realDonaldTrump and Republicans accountable for their reckless actions to take away our health care. pic.twitter.com/ISGETyF8N9 #WeWontForget
Two years ago, the @GOP voted to repeal our health care. If it had become law, it would have left 23 MILLION *more* Americans without coverage, raised premiums by 20 percent, and gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions. #WeWontForget
Two years ago, on May 4, 2017, the @GOP House of Representatives passed the so-called “American Health Care Act,” or #AHCA, a health repeal bill that would have cut coverage, increased costs, and eliminated protections for millions of Americans. #WeWontForget
Under the @HouseGOP health care bill:
❌ 23 MILLION Americans would have lost coverage.
❌ 14 MILLION with #Medicaid would have lost coverage.
❌ 441,300 U.S. veterans would have lost coverage.
The @GOP is still the Party of Repeal and Sabotage.
If the @GOP’s repeal bill had become law, it would have raised health care costs:
❌ Raise Premiums By Double Digits.
❌ Impose An Age Tax – Older Americans Pay Nearly $12,000 More.
❌ Surcharge For People With Pre-Existing Conditions.
Last November, Republicans who voted for the #AHCA lost the @GOP the House in a landslide election for Democrats who ran on ending the the Republican war on health care and protecting people with pre-existing conditions.