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Constituents of OH12 held rally at Rep. Tiberi’s office to oppose the AHCA

WORTHINGTON, OH – On Thursday, May 4, constituents of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District held a rally and protest outside of Rep. Pat Tiberi’s office, voicing their strong opposition to the latest version of the Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA).

This new version of the AHCA bows to conservative Republicans in Congress by enabling states to opt out of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republicans are rushing the bill through the House of Representatives without consulting constituents and before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can determine how many millions of Americans might lose their health coverage. Rep. Tiberi is expected to vote in favor of the bill.

At the event, protesters will be carrying signs displaying stories of Americans with pre-existing conditions and describing the health care outcomes for those people if the AHCA passes.

Don’t Believe the Fear-Mongering. Our Plan Has Pre-Existing Conditions Covered

Note: The American Health Care Act will cover people with pre-existing conditions. Here’s how: https://www.majorityleader.gov/2017/05/03/dont-believe-fear-mongering-plan-pre-existing-conditions-covered/

Trump to sign ‘Religious Freedom Order’ — Expect sweeping legalization of discrimination

According to POLITICO, the White House will be signing an executive order tomorrow that closely matches a draft of a religious freedom order first leaked by The Nation’s Sarah Posner in February. Indeed, they write, “one influential conservative who saw the text said it hasn’t been dialed back much — if at all — since the February leak.”

Upon release of the original proposed executive order, which was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund, Posner wrote:

“The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers ‘any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,’ and protects ‘religious freedom’ in every walk of life.”

Hundreds Urge State Legislators to Stop Passing Laws That Hurt Women

COLUMBUS – Hundreds of citizens joined abortion-rights advocates recently to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Gov. John Kasich and his legislative allies and instead embrace equal pay, paid family leave and other laws that improve the health of Ohio women and families.

“Even before Gov. Kasich took office, Ohio already had some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, putting women’s health, dignity, and economic solvency in jeopardy,’’ said Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. “Instead of stigmatizing women and interfering with abortion access, legislators should enable women to access abortion and all other forms of reproductive health care.’’

Since Kasich became governor in January 2011, nearly half of the state’s abortion clinics have closed and Ohio has seen 18 new, unnecessary restrictions on access to reproductive health care.

In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down last year, the nation’s highest court acknowledged what medical experts have long known: Laws that shut down abortion clinics and force patients to travel long distances for services not only fail to improve women’s health they also compromise the care women receive.

“That ruling has not stopped federal or state policymakers from trying to advance laws and policies that hurt women and undermine human rights,’’ said Jasmine Burnett, Deputy Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice. “Instead of these policies, Ohio legislators must make sure all people receive a living wage – instead of preventing cities from raising wages – stop the criminal justice system’s practice of targeting communities of color and create access to abortion and comprehensive sex education.’’

Burnett unveiled new polling of Black adults that showed:

• 87 percent agree each woman must have the right to decide whether to have an abortion, even if they disagree with her reason;

• 96 percent believe a woman’s ability to decide whether to have children is vital to her financial stability;

• 78 percent said their religious beliefs do not interfere with their views on abortion.

In Ohio, like so many others states, anti-choice laws extend beyond restricting reproductive services and include attempts to limit access to birth control. One main line of attack: Defund Planned Parenthood – one of the state’s leading providers of contraception.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio provides contraception to over 20,000 men and women, lowers teen pregnancy with programs serving 43,000 annually and offers cancer screenings to more than 61,000 patients each year. Planned Parenthood also runs successful infant mortality rate reduction programs, and efforts to undermine Planned Parenthood come as Ohio is home to one of the nation’s highest infant mortality rates. In some regions of the state, African-American mothers lose their babies to infant mortality at three times the rate of white mothers.

State Rep. Stephanie Howse, a Cleveland Democrat who heads the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, represents one of Ohio poorest legislative districts and called on lawmakers to stop efforts to undermine reproductive health care and advance policies that lift people out of poverty.

“The people I know want to be good people, they want to live a life where they can take care of their families, they want good schools and clean water,” Rep. Howse said. “Many of the policies we see in Ohio are hurting their ability to achieve those goals, and in the process they are hurting our entire state.’’

Despite evidence the assaults on women’s health care hurt women, they continue today. Speakers said they expect legislation calling for additional abortion bans and more funding for crisis pregnancy centers.

Freedom of Choice Ohio Lobby Day was made possible by the following:

Title Sponsors:

• NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation

• New Voices for Reproductive Justice

• NCJW Columbus and Cleveland Sections

• Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

• Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio

Program Sponsors:

• ACLU Ohio

• Ohio NOW

• Ohio NOW Education and Legal Fund

• ProgressOhio

• URGE

Table Sponsors:

• AAUW

• Ohio League of Women Voters

• Preterm

• Women Have Options / Ohio

Ohio Senate Must Bolster State Budget to Support Thriving Communities

COLUMBUS – After reviewing the House’s version of the 2018-19 biennial state budget bill, Advocates for Ohio’s Future (AOF) is grateful to the House for supporting several of our priorities. However, we implore the Senate to use this budget adoption opportunity to increase investment in programs and supports that strengthen families, communities and our economy.

AOF sees opportunities for the Ohio Senate to support thriving communities by ensuring people are safe, have good jobs and can afford the basics. When families can pay for the basics, that spending strengthens the economy and supports local business. When Ohioans can’t afford the basics, the economy slows down and harms the local community, including businesses and Ohioans at all income levels who call it home.

AOF is grateful for the House’s support in the following areas:

• Recognizing and responding to Ohio’s opiate crisis. House leadership increased funding for county public children services agencies by $15 million per fiscal year. With increased state funding for county children services for the first time in over a decade, agencies will be better equipped to serve children impacted by the epidemic. AOF is also pleased that the House appropriated $10 million per year in TANF funds for child care for kinship care providers.

• Increasing investment in the Ohio Housing Trust Fund to support critically important housing projects and programs for low-income Ohioans. The OHTF has a proven history of success and is the primary source of state funding to fight homelessness and expand access to safe, affordable housing.

• Maintaining coverage for the Medicaid expansion population. We support the House’s decision not to freeze enrollment in Ohio’s Medicaid expansion. AOF requests that language imposing work requirements for expansion enrollees will be removed to ensure Ohioans looking for a job do not lose coverage and access to primary, preventative care, which is a lower cost to the state, is not blocked or interrupted. AOF will continue to monitor the issue.

• Retaining current quality care coordination and cost effective home and community based services for Ohio seniors. The House delayed moving long term services and supports into a separate managed care program until 2021 and requires the creation of a workgroup to study MyCare Ohio and make recommendations about how changes can be efficiently and effectively implemented.

• Safeguarding behavioral health services and capacity, rebuilding system infrastructure and addressing workforce challenges. House leadership allocated funding for programs and services to support a public health response to increasing rates of suicide and opiate deaths through the HOPES initiative totaling $170 million over the biennium. The House also delayed the behavioral health proposed coding/rate changes and the transition to managed care until January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2018, respectively.

• Helping low-income Ohioans connect to education and skills to be competitive in the new economy. The House invested $2 million per year in SNAP Education and Training to increase capacity and expand the program to community colleges giving more SNAP participants the opportunity to be trained for skilled, locally in demand jobs.

AOF implores the Senate to invest in the following areas:

• Investing in programs that support working Ohioans and their families. Unfortunately, a job does not always mean a living. Ohio needs to increase access to affordable child care with 12-month continuous eligibility and initial eligibility set at 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In today’s volatile job market, the ability to access child care is vital for parents to maintain employment and move up the economic ladder. AOF also supports making the twenty percent state Earned Income Tax Credit refundable with no cap.

• Ensuring that older adults in every county are safe. Ohio’s population is aging. By 2030, adults age 65 and over will make up nearly 25 percent of the population, up from 14 percent today. While the House did increase funding for Adult Protective Services by $250,000 per year, additional funding is needed to ensure that Ohio seniors in all counties are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation. AOF supports the allocation of $10 million per year, so that every county can employ a full-time staff and support services to meet the standards set forth in the 2016-17 biennial budget.

• Enabling Area Agencies on Aging to serve more Ohioans at home and in the community. AOF supports restoring the 1.5 percent House cuts and an additional $8 million per year for the Senior Community Services Block Grant.

• Supporting Ohioans with disabilities. The House’s proposal includes the phase out of Ohio’s Disability Financial Assistance Program, which provides a modest monthly cash benefit for low-income Ohioans with disabilities who do not meet all eligibility for other federal or state programs. Continued support is needed for Ohioans with disabilities who are unable to work or otherwise ineligible for other public assistance programs to help maintain health and meet basic needs.

• Increasing access to affordable, healthy food for low-income Ohioans. The House reduced funding for the Ohio Food Program and Agricultural Clearance Program for the first time in more than two decades by $1 million over the biennium. AOF supports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ request to restore the $1 million in House cuts and providing an additional $5 million per year for critical hunger relief.

• Implementing a statewide data collection system for Ohio’s juvenile courts. AOF supports an allocation of $1 million from the Ohio Courts Technology Initiative to implement a statewide data collection system to increase positive outcomes for youth, families and communities.

• Reducing the need for families to relinquish custody to children services to access treatment for their children. AOF supports implementing recommendations made by the Joint Legislative Committee on Multi-System Youth.

• Making access to public transportation available to all Ohioans. Ohio’s under-investments in public transit limits low-income worker’s ability to reach a diversity of jobs with sustainable wages and leaves too many people with disabilities and those who are aging essentially homebound. The House earmarked $15 million a year, which is a move in the right direction, but more progress is needed. AOF supports boosting the use of federal flex funds to $50 million and General Revenue Funds to $25 million per fiscal year and creating a sustainable replacement for lost revenues.

• Strengthening Ohio’s direct service workforce in support of better outcomes of care, improved health of the general population, more efficient use of resources, and a sustainable wage for direct service workers. AOF supports removing the language included in the House budget that prohibits proposed provider rate increases for personal care aides and assisted living waiver rates over the biennium. AOF also supports the House’s removal of the language prohibiting provider rate increase for the developmental disabilities system.

Each of these issues must receive serious attention from the Senate during their 2018-19 state budget negotiations.

Advocates for Ohio’s Future is a statewide coalition of over 490 local and statewide organizations that promote health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives.

Ohio House pushes unfinished, unbalanced state budget off on Senate

After six years of GOP tax-shifting, Ohio’s broken economy brings GOP promise of $800M in cuts

COLUMBUS— Before new state economic indicators come out, the Ohio House passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard.

Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy. Democratic lawmakers also offered several amendments on the House floor, including proposals to provide $500 million in real funding increases for opioid addiction treatment.

“I believe the statewide opioid epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing our state, and treatment providers, law enforcement and – most of all – families are looking to their elected officials to show leadership on this issue,” said Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus). “Unfortunately, Ohioans cannot count on the opioid-related money in this budget actually reaching their communities because more budget cuts must be made after House Republicans failed to craft a balanced, fiscally responsible budget. Moving forward, I hope state leaders will finally recognize the opioid epidemic for the statewide emergency that it is and invest real money toward helping those struggling with addiction.”

Democratic lawmakers argued on the House floor that the past six years of GOP tax-shifting policies have not delivered the jobs and economic growth that Republicans promised, but instead harmed middle class families and directly contributed to the state’s current fiscal crisis. Ohio’s job growth has trailed the national average for 51 consecutive months, Ohio families bring home thousands of dollars less than the average household in America, and close to 30 percent of Ohio jobs are low wage, paying less than poverty wages.

The lawmakers also called for a bipartisan oversight commission, The Budget Management and Stabilization Commission, to investigate the cause of Ohio’s missing money and to ensure the state budget is structurally balanced and stable.

Among other Democratic amendments were:

  • Family First for Economic Stability Act, a provision that would provide equal pay and paid family leave for all Ohio families.
  • Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Initiative, legislation that would create criminal penalties for state contract rule-rigging and prohibit the Administration’s appointed inspector general from a guaranteed career extension.
  • College Affordability Omnibus, a duo of college affordability measures that cap tuition at a three-percent increase and increase Ohio’s College Opportunity Grant.
  • Stabilizing Medicaid Expansion, a proposal that would put Ohio’s Medicaid expansion population into Ohio Revised Code to prevent political game-playing with access to lifesaving healthcare services.
  • Get to School Safely, a proposal to restore transportation funding to K-12 Ohio schools.
  • A House for Every Ohioan, a tax re-balancing bill to undo Republican property tax cost increases by 12.5 percent while increasing the Homestead Exemption eligibility and credits for retirees and senior citizens.

House Bill 49 now goes to the Ohio Senate for additional scrutiny. The Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Kasich must approve a balanced budget by June 30 to avoid government shutdown.

Dear Friend of the National Parks

Strong rules for oil and gas development in national parks could soon be reversed under a new order by the Trump administration.

President Trump recently directed the Department of the Interior (DOI) to review, and possibly suspend, rules for oil and gas drilling inside national park sites.

Now, DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke may rescind these sensible, balanced rules that protect national park air, water, wildlife and visitors

The National Park Service’s (NPS) “9B rules” limit the harm to parks when a company extracts privately owned minerals from under national park lands. After finding that more than half of unregulated wells in some parks showed signs of contamination, leaks or gas odors, the National Park Service embarked on a seven-year process to update the 9B rules.

NPCA and other organizations worked with NPS to ensure the 2016 rule updates were strong and protected parks as much as possible from the impacts of drilling.

A DOI spokesperson has said that Secretary Zinke has “no plans to loosen regulations on energy development in national parks,” and we must ensure he keeps his promise and these updates remain in place.

Take Action: Tell Secretary Zinke not to rescind, suspend or revise the National Park Service 9B rules. They’re fine just the way they are.

Thank you for standing with us and continuing to speak up for our national parks.

Tiberi Statement on April Jobs Report

U. S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today (May 5) issued the following statement regarding the employment report for April 2017 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

“This month’s jobs report reflects the positive momentum many Americans are feeling and a strong rebound from last month’s report. Republican initiatives to repeal and replace Obamacare and reduce burdensome regulations are contributing to growing confidence among America’s job creators. In turn, more Americans see expanded employment opportunities and a brighter future. We will push forward by continuing to cut red tape and working toward overhauling our tax system to drive economic growth.”

Note: Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the U.S. economy added 211,000 non-farm payroll jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped from 4.5 to 4.4 percent, the lowest rate since May 2007. So far this year, we have had three months with jobs gains over 200,000. The labor force participation rate is 62.9 percent and the employment-to-population ratio is 60.2 percent.

ECOT to Spend Tax Money to Rally for More Tax Money As It Fights Efforts to Recover Tax Money it was Overpaid

COLUMBUS – Chronically failing charter schools are spending increasingly large sums of public money on political rallies and deceptive promotional materials, with tomorrow’s ECOT rally the second taxpayer-financed pro-charter Statehouse event this month.

In an email to ECOT staff, Superintendent Rick Teeters announced, “We’re offering bus transportation from Cleveland, Dayton, North Canton and Cincinnati…. After the Rally, we invite all staff to attend a light lunch, served by members of ECOT’s administration.’’

Teeters initially ordered the school’s entire staff to attend the event – a order that could cost Ohio taxpayers nearly $250,000 in staff time — in addition to the cost of charter buses. Complaints from parents and teachers prompted Teeters to announce attendance is now voluntary, but a big crowd is still expected. Last week, the Statehouse was the cite of another pro-charter rally that attracted an estimated 1,000 people. At least six charter buses delivered students, parents and teachers. The driver of a Lakefront Lines charter said one bus rents for $1350 per day.

Last month, Teeters was featured in a 37-minute video in which he attempts to discredit news reports about ECOT poor academic performance and possible attendance padding. The video gives the appearance of a legitimate TV interview but was produced by Choice Media TV, a non-profit that describes its mission as “Organized exclusively for the purpose of edcucating (sic) the public in regards to situations and problems relating to our school systems.’’ Choice Media is funded by pro-charter supporters, according to financial records filed with the IRS.

“Traditional schools are not permitted to take teachers and staff out of the classroom for a day-long political event – and charter schools should have to follow the same ban,’’ said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis. “Instead of promoting their schools with fake news, ECOT officials should use their public funds to improve the school’s terrible academic record.’’ (A complete list of Ohio laws that charter schools do not have to follow can be found here.)

Moritz College of Law Emeritus Associate Professor of Law Charlie Wilson, an expert in labor and employment law, expressed dismay that tax money will be used to pay the salaries of ECOT employees to demonstrate during a school day. “ECOT will have to pay its employees their regular salary while they are demonstrating, because employment law requires that an employer pay its employees their regular salary when the employer requires that they attend an event,” Wilson said.

Sam Shim, Vice President of the Worthington City Schools Board of Education, echoed Wilson’s concerns.

“I’m not comfortable with public funds being used to transport ECOT employees to a political rally at the Statehouse. That is an inappropriate use of tax dollars,’’ Shim said.

ECOT also launched a new, taxpayer-funded podcast, “What You Don’t Know.’’ In one recent episode, Teeters joins ECOT lobbyist Neil Clark to brag about the online charter school’s “success graduating students.’’ A 2016 New York Times analysis showed ECOT has the worst four-year graduation rate in America.

The podcast is featured on ECOT’s Facebook page and generated this comment:

Craig Morris This is just one side of this whole story, with their “consultant”/ lobbyist running this spin show. It should be titled “What We WANT you to know”. Both sides have been deceptive from the beginning and is just an exercise wasting taxpayers dollars ….

ECOT’s PR push comes as it continues to be dogged by scandal and is in court fighting a state order to repay nearly $60 million for students it claimed were enrolled full time but the state says were not. ECOT lost in the trial court and court of appeals.

Congressional Redistricting Petition Rejected

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would change Ohio’s congressional redistricting process.

On April 24th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled the Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform Amendment, from the attorney representing the petitioning committee, Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio. Attorney General DeWine’s letter rejected the summary for several reasons, including

The summary omits that as a result of the proposed amendment, the Supreme Court of Ohio would have exclusive, original jurisdiction over court challenges to any congressional district plan, pursuant to Article XI, Section 9(A) of the Ohio Constitution.

The summary omits references in the amendment to Article XI, Section 9(B), regarding invalidation by courts.

“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment,” DeWine stated in his letter rejecting the petition. “However, I must caution that this letter is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all defects in the submitted summary.”

In order for a constitutional amendment to proceed, an initial petition containing summary language of the amendment and 1,000 signatures from Ohio registered voters must be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General. Once the summary language and initial signatures are certified, the Ohio Ballot Board would determine if the amendment contains a single issue or multiple issues. The petitioners must then collect signatures for each issue from registered voters in each of 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, equal to 5 percent of the total vote cast in the county for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election. Total signatures collected statewide must also equal 10 percent of the total vote cast for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election.

The full text of today’s letter and of the initiative petitions submitted can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Petitions.

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network Statement:

“Passage of the American Health Care Act in the U.S. House is a Threat to the Health and Economic Security of Ohio’s Women”

Columbus, Ohio – The following is a statement from Erin Ryan of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network, on the U.S. House vote to pass the American Health Care Act:

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of women and families that we represent across the state of Ohio, we are deeply disappointed by today’s vote and the irresponsible decisions of Congressional Republicans to move forward with such a disastrous bill that would be particularly damaging to women. The passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives today is a threat to the health and economic security of Ohio’s women.”

“This bill would take us back to the days when being a woman was treated as a pre-existing condition. It would eliminate guaranteed coverage of essential health benefits (EHB) like prescription drugs, preventive services, and maternity and newborn care. Insurers would be allowed to charge people with pre-existing conditions – including pregnancy – whatever they want. And, under this bill, women could once again be charged more than men for their insurance, simply because they are women.”

“Additionally, the deep, permanent cuts to Medicaid would threaten coverage for the millions of low-income women and families, pregnant women, women with disabilities, and elderly women that depend on the program for coverage. And, by phasing out Medicaid expansion, the 700,000 Ohioans who gained health care through Medicaid expansion stand to lose their coverage.”

“The President and Congressional Republicans promised that their proposal would cover everybody and reduce costs. Instead, it takes healthcare away from at least 24 million Americans, raises the cost of insurance for millions more – while providing weaker protections and less adequate coverage, guts Medicaid, and denies access to preventative and primary care for millions depending on care from Planned Parenthood, particularly low-income women, women of color, and women in rural areas. The Republican repeal bill does not improve America’s health care system – it wrecks it.”

“Today’s vote demonstrated the clear disregard by many House Republicans for the health care needs of American women and families. We commend Ohio’s Representatives Joyce Beatty (D), Marcia Fudge (D), Marcy Kaptur (D), Tim Ryan (D), Michael Turner (R), and David Joyce (R) for listening to their constituents’ concerns expressed about the AHCA by voting against the bill, and we strongly urge the Senate to reject this disastrous bill.”

For more information about how the GOP’s healthcare bill will negatively impact women and families, click here for the Women’s Public Policy Network AHCA Fact Sheet.

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network is a coalition un-like any other group in the state. Formed in 2015 and convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund, the WPPN pulls together 25 key advocacy organizations focused on promoting policies that create economic security for women and strengthen Ohio families.

Member organizations of the Women’s Public Policy Network include:

  • ACTION OHIO
  • ACLU of Ohio
  • American Association of University Women of Ohio (AAUW Ohio)
  • Catholics for Choice
  • Hadassah Columbus
  • Innovation Ohio Education Fund
  • Jobs with Justice, Cleveland Chapter
  • Main Street Alliance, Ohio
  • Majority Ohio
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Chapter
  • Nyla’s Angels Fund
  • Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Ohio NOW
  • Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Ohio Urban Resources Systems (O.U.R.S.)
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
  • Policy Matters Ohio
  • ProgressOhio Education
  • The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
  • The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75
  • Working America Education Fund, Ohio Chapter

League of Women Voters Statement on the House Passing the American Health Care Act

Washington, DC – League of Women Voters President Chris Carson today made the following comment on passage by the House of Representatives of the American Health Care Act:

“This bill is anything but American—it abandons the American values of fairness, community, and concern for all—and it certainly won’t provide health care for all. This legislation only serves to benefit special interests and provide tax cuts for the rich, while leaving everyday Americans without access to affordable, quality health care.”

If this legislation becomes law:

  • 24 million Americans will lose coverage by 2020
  • Medicaid patients will no longer be able to get the care they need
  • Women will go back to paying more than men for basic care

We know the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has successfully provided health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans who previously went without.

The League of Women Voters is dedicated to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans. We urge the Senate to reject this legislation.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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