7 years ago, the ACA was signed. Today, we’ve got to make sure Republicans don’t dismantle it.
Until you’ve looked a parent in the eye and told them their perfect child has a preexisting condition no insurance company will cover, you can’t tell me the Affordable Care Act isn’t worth fighting for. I spent a lot of my career as a pediatric neurologist having those conversations, and when the ACA passed, it was a literal lifesaver for some of my patients.
Today, exactly seven years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act and since then over 20 million Americans have gained coverage — a lot of them through Medicaid expansion, which has helped increase the number of children covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Instead of celebrating such an amazing feat, Republicans are working overtime to dismantle the progress we made under the Affordable Care Act and are actively trying to slash the very programs that help provide health insurance to children across the country.
Under President Trump and congressional Republicans’ alternative plan, 24 million people will lose their coverage. I’ve heard of one step forward, two steps back, but this goes far beyond that. The damage that Trumpcare will have on our country’s health system will not be easily undone. It is already estimated that 17,000 people could die next year from losing access to their much-needed healthcare. Republicans are literally putting American lives on the line so that they can line the pockets of wealthy insurance companies.
I refuse to allow President Trump and Republicans to take away our right to quality, affordable healthcare.
Our kids can’t stand up to Republicans and President Trump, but we can. We can’t allow them to take away health insurance from the people who need it the most.