The GOP is gearing up for this week's House vote on repealing the health care bill- and the time for us to take a stand is right now. We need to be clear about what Republicans are trying to do: take away health care from 32 million uninsured Americans who have no other lifeline. These folks- our family, friends, neighbors, loved ones- need us to advocate for them, to speak out strongly and compassionately.
Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans have grievously misled the public about health care reform from day one, and it's time to get real about the consequences of a repeal: families going into debt from medical costs they can't afford. Women losing coverage for life-saving mammograms and critical maternity care. Seniors having to choose between their medication and buying food. And $230 billion added to the deficit (over 10 years).
This is why I'm saying: we simply can't turn our backs on our fellow Americans and the future of this country by allowing a repeal of health care. It would be a gigantic step backwards- a disastrous move for our fellow citizens and for the direction of our nation.
We cannot sit idly by while Boehner and the GOP try to roll back reforms that dramatically improve the lives and well-being of millions of Americans. This touches all of us. Adequate, affordable health care can't be the luxury for a precious few in this country- every single one of us needs and deserves it.
I would urge everyone reading this to call their Congressional representative and demand that they vote against this bill. This is not the time to backslide on healthcare for our family, friends, loved ones and neighbors.