Dear MoveOn member,
The Washington Post yesterday obtained a leaked copy of the Senate's Trumpcare bill, and it's as cruel as we feared—making health care unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, and cutting Medicaid even more deeply than the House bill.1 And the Senate is slated to vote on it next week.
That's why we need to publicly and loudly demonstrate our opposition to this bill immediately. Today, advocates for health care are in the midst of a 24-hour vigil outside of the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The vigil began last night at 5 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 22.
Can you join the vigil anytime today? You can come for an hour or for the whole day! There are speakers, rallies, and people of all walks of life standing together against Trumpcare. Check out the event page for the latest details of the schedule.
(The link above will take you to an event page hosted by the organizers of the vigil. By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, and to work to de-escalate confrontations with opposition supporters or others.)
Make no mistake: If this bill becomes law, tens of millions of people will go without the health care they need. Medicaid funding for a range of recipients, from children with disabilities to people wrestling with opioid addiction to seniors in nursing homes, will be cut by hundreds of billions of dollars. Millions of women and families won’t be able to receive care from Planned Parenthood, which is defunded under the bill. And protections for pre-existing conditions—everything from asthma to cancer to pregnancy—will be shredded, while coverage requirements are tossed aside and premiums rise.
We have to fight this with everything we’ve got. And part of that is demonstrating our commitment to fight Trumpcare to make sure that national media covers the fierce opposition to the bill, that Republicans know they will be held accountable if they pass this devastating and unpopular bill, and that Democrats know they must do everything in their power to stop this attack on tens of millions of Americans.
Thanks for all you do.
—Justin, Marie, Emma, Ben, and the rest of the team
1. "Senate health-care draft repeals Obamacare taxes, provides bigger subsidies for low-income Americans than House bill," The Washington Post, June 20, 2017
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