Affordable Care Act
(ACA/Obamacare)

The United States is the only developed country in the world which fails to provide its citizens with universal health coverage.  Despite its shortcomings, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) represented an important step towards the goal of universal health care. Thanks to the ACA, an estimated 20 million people have gained health insurance - more than 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance. The law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until they’re 26 and protects all Americans against lifetime coverage limits and exclusion from coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Instead of building upon the success of the ACA to achieve the goal of universal health care, the Trump administration and its allies are committed to repealing the act. In the face of intense pressure from constituents, however, a large number of lawmakers have begun to back away from a plan to repeal the ACA without replacement.  We must continue to apply pressure to lawmakers, and demand that they not only preserve the protections that currently exist within the ACA but improve upon them.  29 million Americans still do not have health insurance, and millions more struggle to pay the premiums, copayments, and deductibles charged by private insurance companies.  Other industrialized nations are making the morally principled and financially responsible decision to provide universal health care to all of their people.  It is time the United States does the same.

Actions

Support Kansas City’s community health clinics with your donations and volunteer time.

Contact elected officials (see the Resist page) to voice your support for universal health coverage.

Write letters to local publications in support of universal health coverage.

Give blood.

Register as an organ donor – Missouri registry, Kansas registry

Support access to farmer’s markets, community gardens, parks and recreational centers in all neighborhoods. Healthy food and exercise creates a healthy life.

Local Organizations

Black Health Care Coalition – advancing health equity

Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City – eliminating barriers and promoting quality health for uninsured and underserved

Hope Family Care Clinic – quality healthcare to KCMO’s east side including the uninsured, Medicaid, or Medicare

Kansas City Care Clinic – quality care, access, research and education to the underserved and all people with or without insurance

Kansas City Free Eye Clinic – accessible eye care for uninsured and underinsured

Planned Parenthood – reproductive health services, STD testing and treatment, transgender care, menopausal symptom management, and abortion referral and counseling

Reach Healthcare Foundation – eliminating barriers to health coverage and care

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center – world-class health care with compassion to all cultures and all backgrounds

Silver City Health Center – Argentine (KCK) clinic providing respectful, empowering, culturally sensitive, and high-quality health care for the underserved

Swope Health Services – accessible, quality, comprehensive care

Turner House Children’s Clinic -quality health care for underserved children in Wyandotte County

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