Tim Canova, Chair, Progress For All
I write to personally express my gratitude to all of you who stepped up to help beat back the atrocious Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA). The GOP bill that was rushed through committees by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership would have raided Medicare and all but destroyed Medicaid. In addition, 24 million Americans would have lost their health insurance over the next decade, while giving enormous tax cuts to Wall Street CEOs and insurance companies.
In the end, the Republicans retreated from even holding a vote on their own bill. Throughout the Obama administration, House Republicans voted dozens of times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare. They were bullies who could always count on Obama to veto GOP repeals, and so they didn’t need to be responsible for offering any realistic alternative. But every bully is a coward. Now, with a Republican president, the GOP had to own any legislation it passes. But yesterday, House Republicans dared not even vote on their own healthcare bill, because the vote itself would have blown up the party. After decrying Obamacare year after year, election after election, House Republicans showed today that they’ve got nothing, that Obamacare is better than their own mean spirited alternatives.
We are inspired by the massive resistance of grassroots activists like you. That’s what won this battle. We made phone calls to House Republicans, we shared on social media, we marched in the streets, and we attended town halls and public forums to let members of Congress know the entire country was watching and we would not forget their votes! All across the country ordinary people stood up and spoke out against the Republican plan!
We celebrate this victory while remaining vigilant and ready for the next fight.
As members of Congress grapple with the GOP’s epic failure on healthcare, we must all turn out attention to improving the flaws of Obamacare. We in the progressive movement should take this opportunity to rally behind Rep. John Conyers’ bill, H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act – a single payer universal healthcare plan.
We should also continue our fight against big Pharma by building momentum for Senator Bernie Sanders’ bill, S. 469 – the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act – which would help curb the skyrocketing cost of medicine for not just seniors, but all consumers, by allowing us to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.
At Progress For All we will continue working with our allies and grassroots activists like you to ensure that every American has a right to quality and affordable health care coverage. We will continue to fight for a single payer system that provides universal coverage.
Thank you again for standing with us. Keep the faith, our movement is growing!