By Nancy Pelosi
On January twentieth, our nation witnessed the peaceable switch of energy with the inauguration of a brand new president. The subsequent morning, America woke up to a peaceable present of energy from tens of millions of men and women throughout the nation, and certainly the world over, within the Ladies’s March.
Ladies and their households marched to point out our values, our unity and our good spirit.
Many marched for the rights and dignity of the lads, ladies and youngsters who’ve been focused for discrimination by this administration — and in current days we’ve seen that open prejudice on full show within the President’s immoral and unconstitutional ban on refugees and residents from seven Muslim nations.
Many marched to guard the well being care of the American individuals, which sadly, can also be underneath assault by the President and the Republican Congress immediately.
As an alternative of specializing in jobs and wages, Republicans have determined to launch an all-out assault on reasonably priced well being care in America. Their plan is to repeal the Reasonably priced Care Act, slash Medicaid, and destroy the sacred Medicare assure that has protected generations of People.
The Republicans’ plan gained’t make America nice once more. It’s going to make America sick once more.
The information are these. The Congressional Finances Workplace — whose director was appointed by a Republican speaker — has documented the dire penalties of repealing the ACA. The variety of uninsured People will improve by 18 million within the first yr alone, surging to 32 million by 2026. The prices of premiums for People within the particular person market will double in the identical time, with the repeal of the Reasonably priced Care Act.
Already, Republicans try to sabotage the ACA’s insurance coverage marketplaces. At this time, January 31, is the final day of open enrollment within the marketplaces. Final week, nevertheless, the Trump Administration abruptly canceled a lot of the promoting and outreach efforts that assist remind People that point is operating out to finish their purposes.
Sadly, this Republican sabotage marketing campaign is nothing new. For years, Home Republicans spent taxpayer cash on lawsuits to destroy the ACA’s premium helps, elevating well being prices on tens of millions of People.
Defending the ACA isn’t just concerning the 20 million newly insured People. It’s additionally concerning the greater than one hundred fifty million People with insurance coverage by means of their workplaces, who beneath the ACA can’t be denied protection for pre-present circumstances, who at the moment are shielded from lifetime limits on…