March 20, 2017
This is a week of intense activism leading into a month of intense activism focused on TrumpCare, the “American Health Care Act,” in the Congress.
It starts in the House which wants to move the bill quickly so they can pass it this Thursday, March 23rd, the anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. There are a huge number of actions being planned this week – see links to the campaigns below for details.
Whatever happens in the House, there will be a whole new round of discussion in the Senate. Activists hope to delay Senate consideration until after the April 7-20 Senate recess allowing more time to build momentum for the opposition.
It is not clear to us what the result of the legislative battles will be. What is clear is that the attacks have already started, as has the resistance to the attacks, on health care access and affordability, on women’s access to reproductive health care, on immigrants’ access, and on Medicaid and Medicare. In fact, there are attacks already underway on the state level without waiting to see what happens in Congress.
UHCAN urges everyone to find a way to get involved and build strong alliances in this next month on the local level and to lend your voice to the national fight as best you can.
Here are just some of the NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS:
MoveOn.org and Peoples Action: How to Save Health Care Call, 3/19/17, part of their Ready to Resist series
Raising Women’s Voices “If I Lose Coverage” campaign
These upcoming NATIONAL MOBILIZATIONS have spawned local events, such as sister marches, all over the country:
April 1: March for Health organized by patients and health providers
April 8: National Day of Action for Guaranteed Health Care to highlight the impact of TrumpCare on local communities and call for single payer health care for all
April 22: March for Science on Earth Day 2017
April 29: March for Climate, Jobs and Justice organized by the Peoples Climate Movement
Health care activists will be involved in all the upcoming battles over immigration and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, to name a few. The next UHCAN call is April 11th, early in the April recess, and will be a chance to take stock of where things are and to help connect health care to the other justice struggles.