Saving Obamacare

“Obamacare is the law of the land. We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” –House Speaker Paul Ryan

On Friday March 24, 2017, the resistance movement enjoyed another major win against the Trump administration by saving the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After 7 years of vowing to repeal the ACA and promising to introduce their own plan, Congressional Republicans failed on those promises. The American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) that the GOP put on the table as the repeal and replace option to the ACA failed to get enough support. After the House delayed a vote on Thursday March 23, Trump demanded a vote, giving the ultimatum that if they did not vote, that this would be their last chance to repeal the ACA and that he would leave it in place. The threats were unsuccessful. Criticized as too lenient by the far-right Tea Party Freedom Caucus while being deemed too radical by moderate Republicans who feared repercussions at the ballot box, the bill was pulled because they could not muster up enough votes to pass it.

Public pressure on Members of Congress has been key in this victory. New Jersey Working Families Alliance, in coalition with Citizens Action and other groups, held health care “stakeouts” at the offices of the state’s congressional delegation to protest Trumpcare. They even delivered an ACA birthday cake to Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen who seemed to have trouble deciding his position on the American Health Care Act.

Working Families Party Communications Director Joe Dinkin made the following statement in response to the failure of Trumpcare to receive a vote in the House today:

“The defeat of Trumpcare is a victory for millions of Americans who will keep their health care, and also for a massive resistance movement that would not give an inch to Trump. The far right will no doubt try this again, and we will organize against and defeat every single attempt to strip away health care.

“Trump promised he would make healthcare better and cheaper, but it was a massive con from the start. Trumpcare was a naked attempt to siphon billions of dollars into the pockets of the richest, paid for by stealing health care away from 24 million Americans. That’s why today’s vote fell apart.

“The American people do indeed deserve a better and more affordable health care system, and progressives have a real solution to offer: a Medicare for all system to guarantee affordable health care for every single person.”

Since Election Day, the Working Families Party has mobilized grassroots resistance to Trump with its #ResistTrumpTuesdays campaign. Tens of thousands of people have participated in more than 750 #ResistTrumpTuesdays protests at congressional offices, which are “quickly becoming a staple of this charged moment,” according to CNN. With our persistence and diligence, we look forward to continued success in stopping Trump’s agenda.

Our thanks and congratulations go out to everyone who has taken action in the resistance movement.