Right under our noses yesterday morning at 1:30AM, Republicans took a huge step closer towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by approving a budget resolution that could cut out important provisions that would affect the more than 20 million Americans who are currently insured under the ACA.
If the ACA is ultimately repealed, 1 in 15 AAPIs will lose access to healthcare coverage — 1.2 million of us. 1
Now it could be as soon as today that the House could approve this budget. We cannot let this happen — your representatives need to hear from you. Even if your Representatives support the ACA, they need to be encouraged to take a bold stand against this life-threatening policy shift.
With a 51 to 48 vote, the Senate approved a budget that can be used to get them closer to repealing the Affordable Care Act by a process called “budget reconciliation.” Through this process, the Republican controlled Senate can pass a bill based on a simple majority and cannot be filibustered by Democrats.2
And some more bad news: Republicans are divided in how to replace the plan. Just yesterday, the President-Elect mentioned that he would replace ACA on the “same day…[even in the] same hour” it is repealed. Rigghttttt. Five Republican Senators have already expressed concern that this is not even possible.
Without a replacement plan, what will happen to the 20 million Americans currently insured under ACA plans? As it stands, the outlook is not so good.