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I am scheduled for my 3rd surgery since December on Thursday.
Please do me a favor and promise to call your reps and senators and tell them you support and need the #ACA/#Obamacare and they only have your vote if they reject Trump's efforts to kill it.
Here's a thread on why:
Many Americans think the #ACA/#Obamacare is insurance.
It is not.
The #ACA is a law governing insurance companies & forcing them to cover women & people with #PreExistingConditions.
The #ACA also says women cannot be forced to pay more than men for insurance.
The #ACA/#Obamacare also provides for children 26 and under to be covered under their parents' insurance plans.
The ACA also created the healthcare marketplace, which provides tax subsidies for those unable to pay full-price for health insurance.
The #ACA/#Obamacare also provides for #Medicaid expansion to cover the poor and working poor who cannot afford health insurance.

EVERY American is covered by the #ACA, whether you think you are or not.
The #ACA/#Obamacare has allowed 26M more Americans--many of them sick children--to be insured since it became law in 2010 and saved countless lives.

More than 60M Americans could lose their insurance if #ACA is overturned.
At risk of losing insurance are:
52M Americans with #PreExistingConditions,

For example:
17M have #cancer like I do
1 in 9 have #diabetes
1 in 7 have heart disease
1 in 10 have #asthma.

Without the protections of #ACA, insurers are under no obligation to cover you.
Also under threat of losing their healthcare:
Anyone covered by #heathcare through their job.
The #ACA/#Obamacare requires all companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance coverage for their workers.
There will be no such requirements w/o the ACA
One of the most defining aspects of the #ACA/#Obamacare is coverage for women's health, including screening for cancer & all maternity costs.
Prior to the ACA, no insurance plan was obligated to pay for women's healthcare needs & women had to pay out-of-pocket.
So if you think that this decision by Trump doesn't affect you--it does.
The #ACA will be even more essential in the estimated four years that those promoting #MedicareForAll say it will take for that plan to be phased in AFTER it is signed into law, possibly in 2024 or 2028.
Even if one of the proponents of #M4A--Sanders, Gillibrand, Warren or Harris--were elected, it would still require Democratic majorities in the House AND Senate to pass one of the current M4A plans being floated. Sanders says it will take at least 4yrs to implement.
Others under threat if Trump overturns the #ACA/#Obamacare:
13M working poor Americans covered under #Medicaid expansion programs and 3M Americans between 18 and 26 covered by their parents' plans.
There is no more important law governing American #healthcare than the #ACA/#Obamacare. It covers every single American and it is essential for every person who gets insurance through their job, every woman, everyone with #PreExistingConditions, everyone who is working poor.
If you want insurance, you need the #ACA/#Obamacare.
So call your reps and senators, no matter what their party (GOP aren't thrilled by Trump's plan, either).
I first got cancer at 26.
Things happen. we need to access to #healthcare.
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