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Urgent Action Needed: Health Care Bill Up for Vote TODAY!

Posted on : 05/04/2017

Message from The Arc of the U.S.

URGENT: House Bill Is Up For Vote TODAY!

Call your Member of Congress right now! The dangerous health care bill, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives this afternoon.  All Members of Congress need calls, but you can check here to see if your Member of Congress has taken a public position on the bill.

The AHCA will be devastating to people with disabilities and their families.  It repeals major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and many of its critical protections, and cuts over $800 billion out of the Medicaid program - and uses it to help pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

Meet Calvin and his parents, Lindsay and Toby. Calvin is two years old and has bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyeria and cerebral palsy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps this family get the insurance that covers the supports and services that Calvin needs to grow and thrive.



Debate is continuing in Congress around the dangerous new health care bill called the American Health Care Act. This bill would be devastating for millions of families, including Calvin's. Changes include decimating the Medicaid program with an over $800 billion cut and repealing major parts of the ACA like getting rid of coverage protections for pre-existing conditions. Recent attempts to fix the repeal of protections for pre-existing conditions do not fix the fundamental flaws with the legislation. The fixes are not enough to protect individuals and families. House leadership is trying to reach agreement with a flawed "solution" to pass the bill this week!

We need you to continue your calls to Congress. They are working - keep them up! 

Here is how to protect the ACA and Medicaid right now:

  1. Even if you have called already, call your Member of Congress again and ask them to vote "no" on the American Health Care Act.
  2. Share this video with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. 
  3. Send the video to your Member of Congress - find yours here

Use this short script to call your Representatives now and ask your friends and family to call. Every single call matters. Don't let them take away health care and services for millions of people and reduce federal support. If you can't get through to the Washington, DC office, call the in-state offices for your Representative.


  • I am a member of The Arc.
  • I am a person with I/DD, or I am a family member of someone with I/DD, or I am a professional in the disability field.
  • Do NOT support the AHCA, the bill to cut Medicaid and repeal major protections of the Affordable Care Act.

The AHCA would be devastating to people with disabilities and their families.

Thank you for taking action!


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