On July 25, the Senate voted to start debate on several proposed bills that aim to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While it remains unclear what the final version of the bill will look like, every proposal so far would likely have negative consequences on those with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses.
U.S. Pain is asking members to take action now by sending a letter to your senators using this easy tool. Most major health care organizations oppose the proposed reforms, including the American Medical Association; the American Public Health Association; American Hospital Association; American Association of Medical Colleges; AARP; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; American Heart Association: American Lung Association; and National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Whatever your personal perspective on politics and health care, U.S. Pain urges you to make your voice heard as a chronic pain patient. While we have created a template message for you, you are welcome to edit as you see fit.
Senior advocate Wendy Berggren Foster, who lives with multiple health conditions, spoke out about the consequences of repealing the ACA at a town hall meeting hosted by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) in New London, CT, on July 14.
“I was asked recently to submit a letter to the offices of my Senators in response to the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,” says Foster. “That led to an invitation to be one of several speakers at an emergency field meeting held by Sen. Blumenthal on that repeal. While I was asked to do it, it is important to me. Being disabled, I receive Medicare and Medicaid. The repeal would mean that I would lose my Medicaid, and with that, the help I receive for paying for my medical expenses, and treatments.”
To read Wendy’s full remarks, click here.