As many of you know and have been commenting on, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the millions who are insured because of it will likely come under increasing fire in our next administration, and it is already a target for the Republican-controlled House and Senate. As Pantsuit Nation member and this week’s featured writer for our Story+Action series, Janni Lehrer-Stein, writes, “the ACA presents critical support for the health care of Americans with disabilities, with its protection for those with pre-existing conditions, and many other supports and services critical to the vitality of the disability community may be at risk as well.”
Janni has been legally blind for almost 40 years because of an incurable retinal disease. Her diagnosis and disability fuel her work. She is a mother, a lawyer, and an advocate for Americans with disabilities.
We all grow up with a basic understanding that we cannot take our lives for granted, that life may send us in unexpected directions, and that all of us will face challenges. But what happens if that person is you?
As we do this work, of listening, engaging, and advocating for each other, we also encourage Pantsuit Nation members this week to call your elected senators and representatives to tell them you support the ACA. Over 29 million people stand to lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Americans with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups but they are certainly not the only historically marginalized community that will suffer. An estimated 9.3 million low- and moderate-income people would lose marketplace insurance subsidies and many would also lose cost-sharing assistance that lower deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. (Source)
See how many people in your state will be affected.
Call your senators and representatives. Tell them, "I am a <name your state> voter, and I support the Affordable Care Act. I want Senator <name your Senator> (Or Congressman/woman) to vote to protect the ACA." Call them every day!
The Indivisible Guide has provided detailed steps on how to engage with your elected representatives.
Stronger Together, Pantsuit Nation.
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