As we speak, the Senate is rushing to pass a bill, the American Health Care Act, that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. This reckless and hastily-written bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose their coverage and be unable to afford their care. To lawmakers, this may be an abstract number. But as physicians, we know first hand what harm this will mean for our patients.
I have been taking care of a 54 year old man for the past 2 years. He has always worked full time, but his jobs never gave him health benefits. He could not afford his medications for diabetes and hypertension and went without them for years. He got regular insurance for the first time at age 52 through the Affordable Care Act. Now, he can get the care he needs including medications, lab testing, and specialist visits. His blood sugars and blood pressure have improved. However, if the American Health Care Act passes, he would lose his coverage and go back to putting his health on the back burner. We have seen this story before and it always ends badly for our patients.
Doctors for America is leading the fight to preserve our patient’s needed coverage. We will be doing a "White Coat Fly-in" on June 22, 2017 to the U.S. Capitol to let lawmakers know that they must put patients over politics and stop the harmful American Health Care Act.
Efforts like this and others require time, energy, and money. Lots of valuable staff time is needed to put this event together. Your donation will support our staff in making sure the Senate hears our voice.
Now is the time to stand up for your values. Please stand with us for your health and the nation’s health.
Krishnan Narasimhan M.D
DFA Board Member