Future of Music and Content Creators Coalitions Applaud Defeat of So-Called “Better Care Reconciliation Act”
Failed Bill Would Have Resulted in More Uninsured Musicians
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Content Creators Coalition (c3) today released the following statement on the apparent failure of Senate efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act:
“Last night’s collapse of the Senate health care bill was a critical milestone in the struggle to preserve access to affordable health care for all Americans — and especially musicians who uniquely depend on the expanded access and affordability provided by the ACA.
“Before the ACA was passed, musicians lacked health coverage at nearly three times the rate of the general population — a consequence of being self-employed with irregular incomes, often while facing challenging living conditions on the road. But now many have coverage for the first time. The freedom to leave a ‘day job’ behind and still have access to health care is a life-changer for artists trying to make a career out of their craft. We cannot and will not go back.
“FMC and C3 are grateful to members of both parties who rejected the flawed Senate bill.
“Today’s news reminds us how musicians’ stories and voices matter. All around the country artists and their fellow citizens made their voices heard with calls, visits, and emails to Congress demanding that Obamacare’s gains be protected and preserved.
“Going forward, FMC and C3 are committed to bringing our members’ voices and perspectives to bear on the full range of policy issues that affect them and their communities, from freedom of speech to immigration.
“And that includes remaining vigilant on the vital issue of health care. We know this battle isn’t over, and will continue to oppose any bill that increases costs, weakens basic standards of care, or leaves more artists uninsured. We will continue to work to get every musician covered, both at home and on the road.”