Dear MoveOn member,
I'm Eve Hurwitz, a fellow MoveOn member in Annapolis, Maryland, and I started a petition to Sen. Mitch McConnell and the United States Senate, which says:
Women represent more than half the population of the U.S. and deserve to be represented in the working group writing the health care legislation.
Earlier this month, Mitch McConnell announced that there was a team of 13 Republican men overseeing the nation's health care policies with no input from women. It was absolutely unconscionable. After Sen. McConnell's announcement, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed dismay by telling reporters, "I just wanna make sure we have some women on."1
And only after massive public outcry did Republican senators invite one woman to join the committee—Sen. Shelley Moore Capito—and it's unclear if she will remain on it permanently. Making matters worse, they also invited Sen. Ron Johnson to join permanently, making the permanent working group 14 Republican men.2,3
Fourteen Republican men and only one woman charting the fate of our entire health care system is not acceptable. Click here to sign the petition demanding Mitch McConnell have equal representation on his Senate health care committee.
Amid fears of pre-existing conditions and cuts to Medicare, this bill is extremely unpopular to Republicans and Democrats alike—only 21% of Americans surveyed by Quinnipiac University approved.4
The Congressional Budget Office also hasn't yet scored the Trumpcare 2.0 bill passed by the House earlier this month. Yet its score is reportedly going to be even worse than the assessment of the House's first health care overhaul bill introduced in March, in which estimates were that 24 million more Americans could be uninsured by 2026, compared to the current healthcare system.5
1. "Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care," NBC News, May 9, 2017
2. "Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism," The Hill, May 9, 2017
3. "Senate healthcare group adds a woman, huddles on Medicaid expansion," Washington Examiner, May 9, 2017
4. "The final version of the House GOP healthcare plan just got a brutal review in a new poll," Business Insider, May 11, 2017
5. "The CBO score for the updated version of 'Trumpcare' is out, and it's even worse than the original," Business Insider, March 23, 2017
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