Statement of NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
Today Senate leaders announced they would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill–the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we’re breathing a sigh of relief, and gearing up for the next challenge ahead.
Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, ultra-conservative lawmakers have tried over and over again to push disastrous health care bills through Congress. They have continued to fail because the people of the United States–especially women–do not want their health care taken away. Slashing access to abortion, birth control, maternity care, and a host of other services that women rely on would devastating. This victory is owed to the grassroots activists across the nation who got on the phone, or got out the door, and told their senators just how devastating it would be.
We’re thrilled this bill has failed, but we know the GOP isn’t planning to give up. Neither are we. Grassroots activism has defeated every attempt to repeal the ACA, and we’re ready to organize and mobilize to make sure everyone has access to the health care they need.
M.E. Ficarra, email@example.com, 951-547-1241