Around 1 am this morning, Republican lawmakers took the first major step toward defunding the Affordable Care Act by approving a proposed budget that would allow them to gut the essential law, sans threats of a Democratic filibuster. Even worse? There's no proposed back-up plan for if the ACA is repealed (despite the GOP having six years to come up with one), which would effectively leave up to 30 million Americans without health care.
Because while the ACA has been blamed for insurance premiums to rise in many states, the law has saved the lives of many people previously denied and/or overcharged for basic health coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
My #SaveACA: I write full time. Couldn't get insured *at any price* until #ACA. I can pay for insurance. They won't sell it to me w/o ACA. — Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) January 12, 2017
ACA is not perfect but it saved me & millions of others with pre-existing conditions. Improve it, but don't take it away. Please. #SaveACA — TheBloggess (@TheBloggess) January 12, 2017