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The Senate bill to replace Obamacare has failed due to the defection of several republican senators. This is a clear success for the efforts happening throughout the nation to pressure senators to reject these dangerous health care bills. Republicans like Senator Susan Collins of Maine made it clear that they wouldn’t support a bill that would lead to millions losing their insurance and massive cuts to Medicaid.
However, shortly after it was apparent that the current bill would not go forward, Senator McConnell said he would call for a vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement. The repeal would have a two-year delay so that the House and Senate could, in theory, agree to a replacement plan before the repeal took effect. Currently, at least three republican senators have committed to opposing this repeal effort. But McConnell plans to go ahead with the vote anyway.
We need to keep fighting to stop this repeal effort. The republican repeal plan would take away health care from the millions of people that gained care under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, keep tax cuts for the rich, and end consumer subsidies meant to make health care coverage more affordable. Right now it looks like it wouldn't pass, but we can't let up the pressure. In the House, it seemed that the repeal and replace effort would fail, but then a bill was pushed through by an extremely narrow margin.
We don’t need a repeal that takes coverage from millions of thousands of Americans and offers no alternative. Promises of a replacement are hollow, especially considering the clear inability of the republican senators to agree on a plan. As we can tell from the replacement bills they’ve attempted to pass so far, any future republican-led replacement would be a massive setback, keeping tax cuts for the rich while making massive cuts in Medicaid.
Make sure the senators know, we expect them to vote NO on any repeal effort.
We are asking residents in the Commonwealth to reach out to friends and family in other states and tell them to call their Senators here, OR use the tools available on the TrumpcareTen.
These are some of the actions that we took to defend the Affordable Care Act:
Vigil to Save Medicaid - June 29th, 2017
Healthcare workers, community stakeholders and advocates came together to highlight the devastating consequences of U.S. Senate Republicans' healthcare bill for Massachusetts during a vigil at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building. During the event, called "Save Medicaid, Save Lives," attendees stood in solidarity with the 22 million Americans who could lose their healthcare coverage if the Senate bill passes. Health Care For All attended the vigil along with several other Boston groups, including 1199SEIU, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, and the Lynn Community Health Center.
D.C. People's Filibuster - June 28th, 2017
HCFA's Board Director, Marcia Hams, and Director of Communications and Strategy, Maria Gonzalez, visited the Congressional delegation to talk about the work being done in MA to protect our care. They also participated in the Hug the Senate Action as part of the Washington DC protests, the "D.C. People's Filibuster" that stands against the Senate Health Care Bill. House Representative from Georgia John Lewis participated in the action.
New England Advocates Unite for Health Care and Hold Rally in Boston - June 19th, 2017
Health Care For All (HCFA), Community Catalyst (CC) and other Massachusetts advocates joined the Maine People's Alliance on Monday, June 19th to rally outside an event featuring US Representative Bruce Poliquin. The Maine Congressman is the only New England Congressman who voted in favor of the American Health Care Act, a bill that passed the US House of Representatives by merely 3 votes back in May and will have devastating effects in Maine, Massachusetts, New England and the rest of the country.
Senator Markey Joined by Hospital and Health Care Leaders and Advocates to Oppose Devastating Trumpcare Proposal, Repeal of Affordable Care Act (Cambridge Health Alliance) - June 16th, 2017
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) was joined on June 16th at a press conference at Cambridge Health Alliance by the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, Health Care For All, Cambridge Health Alliance, elected officials, and concerned patients to decry efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that would make drastic cuts to Medicaid and roll-back health coverage for millions of Americans.
'Thank You Governor Baker' Press Event for commitment to health care access (State House) - May 25th, 2017 (Hosted by Health Care For All and 1199SEIU)
On May 25th, 2017, Health Care For All (HCFA) and 1199SEIU joined other advocacy and consumer groups outside of Governor Baker's office to highlight the human impact in Massachusetts of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the ACA repeal bill passed by the U.S. House. This week, the Urban Institute released an analysis that depicts a very devastating picture for the future of access to health insurance in Massachusetts if that law is implemented. The report projects that 1 out of 10 people in the state could be uninsured by 2022. Many of those who would lose coverage are the most vulnerable among us, those who need MassHealth coverage to get access to critical services. Massachusetts residents who could be impacted shared their story. Advocates also thanked Governor Baker for his commitment to protecting health care coverage in Massachusetts especially MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program.
Senator Edward Markey Press Conference on Impacts of Trumpcare in MA - May 8th, 2017 (Hosted by Health Care For All)
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) held a press conference at Health Care For All in Boston with health care, seniors, disability, and substance use treatment advocates to discuss the harmful impacts of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare. The Affordable Care Act replacement legislation was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, May 4th 2017.
"The Fight Goes On" Emergency Rally (JFK Federal Building) - May 4th, 2017
After the vote, HCFA called for an emergency rally in front of the local offices of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, to show our support as this battle moves to the Senate. During this action, advocates and consumers highlighted the negative impact that this bill can have for children, seniors, people with disabilities and low income families in the Commonwealth, and thanked the congressional delegation for their fearless opposition.
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HCFA contingent in SEIU Day of Action rally (State House) - Apr. 12th, 2017
HCFA contingent in MIRA Coalition's Immigrant's Day actions (State House) - Apr. 6th, 2017
The ACA is here to stay! - Mar. 24th, 2017
Thanks to you and grassroots organizations like Health Care For All, the vote was cancelled, marking a big victory for advocates and consumers throughout the country. Nonetheless, we need to stay prepared for future attacks.
How can you help in the meantime?
Show your appreciation to your Congressional Representatives. Here is a template letter!
Call to Action: GOP Health Bill's Effect on Massachusetts - Mar. 24th, 2017
Congresswoman Katherine Clark volunteer and advocacy fair (Lexington High School) - Mar. 18th, 2017
Press Conference Against The GOP Healthcare Bill (Old South Copley Church) - Mar. 9th, 2017
HCFA contingent at the 'Stand With Planned Parenthood Rally' (Boston Common) - Mar. 4th, 2017
Images taken by Carl Stevens, Craig F. Walker, Jamie Ducharme, and Patrick Whittemore
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MA Health Professionals Protest (State House) - Feb. 25th, 2017
Images taken by attendees Howard Rotman and Matthew Zinck
HCFA Sign-On Letter Telling Gov. Baker to Protect Medicaid - Feb. 24th, 2017
It is critical that governors hear from advocates and constituents that any deal to cut and cap federal Medicaid funding is bad for people and state governments. There is no acceptable per capita cap deal. Block grants and per capita caps mean one thing: cuts in Medicaid funding to states and cuts to the program. We are hearing that cuts to Medicaid will be used to make up for lost revenue when Congress repeals the taxes associated with the ACA. We need to put pressure on governors to not make a bad deal in secret.
Additional Suggested Actions from Community Catalyst
- Sign on to a letter to your governor. A tailored sign-on letter is attached. Use our Google Form to sign on behalf of your organization and send a strong message about Medicaid.
- Advocates should reach out to governors and their staff. Advocates should equip their governors with the information they need to understand the harms of per capita cap proposals and their impact on the state budget.
KEY MESSAGE: Governors should not agree to any Medicaid deals without seeing the details of any plan to restructure the Medicaid program in order to assess the impact of such proposals.
- Activate grassroots networks. Governors need to hear from their constituents that Medicaid is working for them, and that they oppose efforts to change it. Constituents should call the governor directly to express opposition to proposed caps and cuts to Medicaid.
- Alert the media. Meetings with reporters or editorial boards may be helpful to explain that any form of capping of block granting Medicaid means cuts to the program. Sharing consumer stories about the positive impact Medicaid has on families in your state is critical.
As part of a national effort to ask governors in to oppose Medicaid cuts in the form of block grants or per capita caps, HCFA circulated a sign-on letter to Governor Baker urging him to continue to support full funding for Medicaid. The letter was signed by 28 Massachusetts hospitals, consumer groups, labor unions, religious coalitions and other organizations.
Together we ask for Governor Baker to "oppose any federal policy changes that could threaten Medicaid coverage for thousands of poor and disabled people across the state."
'We Will Persist' Boston rally (Irish Famine Memorial) - Feb. 21st, 2017
Congressman Seth Moulton roundtable on risks posed by repeal of the ACA (Lynn Community Health Center) - Feb. 4, 2017
HCFA was invited to participate in a district event in Lynn hosted by Congressman Seth Moulton. A HelpLine client (and Lynn resident) shared her story as part of a roundtable discussion of people who have benefitted from the ACA. HCFA staff, alongside representatives from 1199SEIU and Massachusetts Senior Action Council, spoke to a group of local activists about the threats to the ACA, the impact on Massachusetts, and how they can get involved.
For a Time Such as This, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Rally (Bethel AME Church, Boston) - Feb. 3, 2017
Over 900 GBIO members packed a church and neighboring buildings for an action-oriented event on criminal justice reform, affordable housing and health care. Steve Rosenfeld and Suzanne Curry provided an update about the threat of repeal of the ACA, and most importantly, re-affirmed our strong partnership with GBIO. Hundreds of GBIO members signed commitment cards to participate in the friends and family campaign.
Boston Center for Independent Living (BostonCIL) forum on how the ACA helps people with disabilities - Feb. 1, 2017
HCFA attended and supported in an event alongside other experts in health care policy and advocacy groups to highlight the negative effect that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on people with disabilities in Massachusetts.
Boston Women's March (Boston Common) - Jan. 21, 2017
HCFA staff and volunteers participated with us in the Boston Women’s March on January 21st. Our group brought the message about importance of preserving the ACA.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 'Our First Stand: Save Health Care' Rally (Faneuil Hall) - Jan. 15, 2017
HCFA partcipated in the ‘Our First Stand: Save Health Care’ rally at Faneuil Hall. At the event, HCFA staff and volunteers distributed information about how to get involved with HCFA, as well as ‘ACA is Good for MA’ signs, which dominated the visuals of the event. We also mobilized dozens of people from partner organizations to attend.
ACA Press Conference with 1199SEIU (Massachusetts State House) - Jan. 12, 2017
HCFA partnered with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) to organize a press conference at the State House, with the theme “Care not Chaos.” Speakers included Steve Rosenfeld from HCFA, Latia Holmes (health care worker and 1199SEIU member), John McDonough (Harvard School of Public Health), Courtney (a consumer who has benefited from the ACA), Rev. Burns Stanfield (GBIO), and Dennis Heaphy (Disability Policy Consortium). Representatives from several partner organizations also attended the event.
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