SIGN: Letter to Rep. Dave Brat on AHCA Vote
Rep. Dave Brat voted YES on the Affordable Health Care Act. This most recent attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare will strip coverage from at least 24 million people while driving up costs for millions more. Sign the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats letter denouncing his vote!
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Full Text of the Letter Below:
We, the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats, are writing to express our concerns with your vote on the Affordable Health Care Act. This most recent attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will strip coverage from at least 24 million while driving up costs for millions more.
MRAYD is an organization of young people 18-36 years old who live, work and study in Richmond, Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and Petersburg. For our members, access to quality, affordable healthcare is a moral imperative.
Since the ACA became the law of the land, millions of Virginians have had access to better healthcare. Insured Virginians now have access to preventative healthcare services regardless of any pre-existing condition they may have like diabetes, cancer or pregnancy. Young people can now stay covered on their parents’ policies while working to get settled in their new careers.
While we may disagree on many political issues, we should be able to agree that a healthy workforce is necessary for a strong economy. The AHCA would allow states to roll back essential health benefits like covering individuals with pre-existing conditions and covering adult children up to the age of 26 on their parents’ policies.
Additionally, here in the Commonwealth we have an opioid epidemic that our Commissioner of Health declared a public health emergency. More than 1000 Virginians died last year because of an opioid overdose. The AHCA undermines our efforts to address this crisis that is tearing apart our communities and impacting a range of individuals from high school students to parents to veterans.
We are grateful that Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine have been fierce advocates for key provisions of the ACA and that they have pledged not to support measures that take us back to the days of skimpy insurance plans and excluding people with pre-existing conditions.
The AHCA’s long-lasting implications would mean fewer people covered, weaker protections and higher costs for consumers. We remain disappointed that you supported such a devastating policy measure, and our members will continue to express our opinions with you on this issue that impacts our daily lives.
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