A few members of the United States Senate, chosen by the Senate leadership, are working hard – albeit largely in secret, without normal bi-partisan transparency or input from Americans who would be impacted — to craft the Senate response to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation to “repeal and replace” the NAACP-supported Affordable Care Act. Sadly, the House bill, which they are using as a starting point, was found by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to, among other things, increase the number of Americans who did not have health insurance by 23 million people by the year 2026 (an increase of over 80% of those who are currently uninsured);
Because much of the Senate negotiating is taking place behind closed doors, between a few select men, we do not really know what will be in any resulting bill. We do know that the Senate leadership has said that they hope to have a final product voted on by the 4th of July. The NAACP strongly believes that we should have the ability to do a thorough assessment of the impact of any healthcare legislation and be able to weigh in and have input on all aspects that will affect our families, our communities and our nation.
We need to make our voices heard! Please review the attached Action Alert and use your democratic right to advocate on your own behalf, and for the sake of your children and your neighbors!