Our country recently celebrated the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. President Obama said in a statement that the fight to pass the Affordable Care Act was "about whether we look out for one another, as neighbors, and fellow citizens. "Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance."This week, President Donald Trump told House lawmakers that they must vote to pass a bill aimed at gutting President Barack Obama's health care law by Friday or he will move on, leaving a law that Republicans hate in place.
The decision to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is pure politics and will hurt millions of Americans. It’s really disappointing there are those who so despised former President Obama’s legacy as the President that they devised a plan that would create healthcare for not just the rich and middle class, but for the poor and under-served. What ever happened to our pledge of “one Nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”? Must we change the pledge of Allegiance to Liberty and Justice for some. Listen, I will be the first to admit the Affordable Care Act was not perfect, but like most legislation, given a chance it would have been tweaked and modified into the bill it was always intended to become. Now, millions of Americans will once again face life with the uncertainty of access to quality, affordable healthcare. That’s a shame.
Although the bill is still being debated by Legislators, there are some things that we know and have reason to be concerned.
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will continue to monitor this ongoing attack on progress. We are concerned that the issues of education, voting rights, housing, the environment and now health care are all moving in the wrong direction for those we advocate for. We encourage you to join us in the fight to move forward and resist the effort to go backwards. We have come too far, too many have made the ultimate sacrifice, and the burden of responsibility is now ours. We must continue to fight for policies that strengthen communities, not weaken them.
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