A message from SEIU Local 521 President Gwyn Harshaw:
Brothers and Sisters,
The vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been canceled because of the work done by millions of people just like you. The marches we led, the candlelight vigils across Local 521, the phone calls and digital activism all played a part in today’s victory. From our humble beginnings at a rally in front of Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office, our efforts built a movement that we can all be proud of.
Although we celebrate tonight, this battle is far from over. Despite Congress pulling the bill today, it will come back again and again and we must be willing and ready to fight it at every turn.
Because of the work of people like you:
- 3.5 million Californians will keep their insurance coverage through the expansion of Medi-Cal
- 1.4 million will stay covered by Covered California
- Our uninsured rate that dropped from 18 percent in 2013 to 6 percent in 2016 will stay there.
- California will not lose 334,000 jobs and $20 billion in funding that were on the chopping block, including $320 million per year that funds Local 521 hospitals.
- Millions of dollars that would have been cut from Medi-Cal eligibility programs, public health programs, mental health programs, and non-profit clinics will continue to serve those most in need.
There was a little boy at a hearing in Fresno on Wednesday who is considered medically fragile. His parents both work and have good insurance, but their insurance won’t cover the respirator that allows him to breathe while he sleeps. The day that his parents can no longer afford that respirator, he will die.
That day will not come soon, thanks to people just like you who called, marched, Facebooked, Tweeted, emailed, faxed, and wrote letters. This is why we fight and this is why we must continue to win.
Go here now and fill out the form to tell your ACA story or to say you’re all in to save the ACA.
President, SEIU Local 521