UDW Statement on Senate Failing to pass “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act

July 31, 2017

UDW Statement on Senate Failing to pass “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act
California caregivers remain vigilant and will continue efforts to protect Medicaid for seniors and people with disabilities

Over the last several months, UDW caregivers have campaigned against health care repeal attempts that would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and make deep cuts to Medicaid. We are relieved that the Senate’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has failed, and we thank Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris for doing the right thing for Californians.

“UDW is committed to the simple idea that we are stronger when we take care of each other,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “And though we may breathe a sigh of relief today, we know another round of attacks will surely come. We pledge to remain vigilant in our defense of these vital programs.”

UDW caregivers will continue to contact the 14 California lawmakers in the House of Representatives who voted in favor of the repeal and cutting care for their constituents, including cutting hundreds of millions of dollars to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS).

“Our lawmakers need to drop efforts to repeal our care once and for all. Instead they should focus on making sure people have the health care and long-term care they need,” said Moore. “Health care is a right for everyone, at every point in our lives.”

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