It appears that the Republican leadership has failed in their latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act – for now.
Republicans have been campaigning on "repeal and replace" for seven years, but they have never come up with an actual plan to replace the ACA that improves access to health care. The new bill, called Graham-Cassidy, was the most shameful proposal yet.
Their latest health care repeal bill would have raised costs, gotten rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, drastically changed how our entire health care system works, and eliminated coverage for millions of Americans. It would have put an 'age tax' in place, requiring older Americans to pay thousands of dollars more, it would have made health care bargaining much more difficult, and it would have slashed Medicaid.
The latest GOP failure shows that mobilization works. CWA members have been e-mailing, calling, and showing up in legislators' offices for months to let them know that these changes are unacceptable. It's only because of the loud public outcry that millions of people won’t be thrown off their health care plans.
But the fight isn’t over. We've seen the Republicans get within one vote of repealing the ACA, and with the Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, we know they will try again. CWAers fought hard to kill this attempt to repeal the ACA, and they'll be on the front lines if and when the GOP tries again to strip health care access from millions.