Yesterday, the Senate voted 51-48 mostly along party lines, to move ahead in debating a fiscal year 2017 budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions for repealing Obamacare. The resolution now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week.
If the ACA is repealed over half a million low-income New Jersey residents would lose their health care coverage and the state would lose at least $3 billion dollars per year. Loss of health care coverage and increases in their health care costs could drive people into deeper into poverty or homelessness.
The lawmakers have called for a day of action on January 15, during which rallies and other events will be held across the country to show support for the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare. The event in Newark on Sunday is part of this effort.
Under budget reconciliation, congressional committees are given instructions to develop legislation to achieve particular budgetary results through changes to mandatory spending, tax revenue, or the debt ceiling. Republicans seek to repeal the ACA’s provisions that affect spending and taxes.
When these reconciliation bills reach the Senate floor, only a simple majority of senators must vote for the bills to gain passage. For other bills, a 60-vote majority is often needed to end debate and move to a final vote.
Senate Republicans have a thin majority over their Democratic colleagues: 52-48.
Please take a minute today to call our U.S SenatorsBooker and Menendez, ask to speak to the staffer who handles healthcare or housing issues and thank them for voting against the budget reconciliation.
When you call:
Thank them for voting NO on the Budget package that leads to eliminating the Affordable Care Act,
Remind them that people with mental illnesses need access to comprehensive and affordable health care, and
Remind them that NJ need’s the Medicaid expansion and mental health parity.
We need to ensure that Congress does not take health coverage away from millions of people before having a plan to replace it. Calls are the best way to reach the staffers who work on the issues that we care about.