The battle over health care in America rages on in Congress. Last week, Senators delayed their vote on the American Health Care Act because they didn’t have the support to get it passed. The act has been criticized as a great injustice for this country, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and causing millions of poor and sick Americans to lose their health coverage.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently estimated that 22 million people would lose health insurance over the next decade under the Senate bill. This comes mostly from cuts in Medicaid, which helps provide health insurance for low-income Americans and those in need.
State governors are standing up against this health care injustice to protect the health and welfare of Americans. “The nation’s governors are ready to work with leaders in Washington to make health care more accessible and affordable to the people we serve,” as stated in a joint letter to Congress from the governors of Virginia and Massachusetts.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has encouraged civic engagement and urged Americans to fight this health care injustice. He most recently put forth a call-to-action on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show:
“It is really a moral moment for this country about who will we stand for, the rich and the powerful, or the health care of all of us, whether it’s seniors in nursing homes, children being born, people with disabilities. This is a moral moment, and we can let a bill that is truly a[n] an injustice reign in our country or we can do something about it.”