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5.4.17 - Women Will Fight for National Healthcare for All

unnamed 3Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to roll back the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, a major step backward in our already backward, profit-over-people system that ties health insurance to jobs and marriage.

The vote advances the interests of Republican donors, Big Insurance and Big Pharma instead of the people. Under the AHCA, pre-existing conditions are back and expanded, and many target women: breast cancer, pregnancy, c-sections, postpartum depression, sexual assault, and domestic violence are now reasons companies can refuse to offer affordable coverage, or any coverage at all. Medicaid funding is slashed, leaving lower income women without access to healthcare and the elderly and disabled increasingly vulnerable.  Federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood, one of the largest providers of women's healthcare in the country, are gone.  And should the ACA's premium subsidies continue to exist, they cannot be used to purchase insurance that provides abortion coverage.

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