July 20, 2017
By Silver Krieger
New York, NY – The New York State AFL-CIO, a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions, which represents 2.5 million members, retirees, and their families, is working to mobilize all of them against the Senate Republican Health Care Bill.
Beginning Monday, July 17th, the organization has called for a “Week of Action,” calling on members to call, text, and email their representatives to vote against the bill. The bill would leave tens of millions of people without health benefits, and let insurance companies charge people with major illnesses tens of thousands more for necessary care.
“Working men and women need a health care plan that expands and improves coverage, not one that punishes people with preexisting conditions, takes away care from tens of millions of people, and raises costs for millions more,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.
In a video also released by the organization, SAG-AFTRA member Holter Graham speaks about his struggle with leukemia, diagnosed in 2010, and how the ACA’s coverage saved his life. He says that the upcoming plan would not have covered the massive expenses related to his illness, and how caps on coverage would make any future necessary medical treatment unavailable to him.
Cilento spoke about the ways in which the bill is being targeted, saying, “In New York, given the strong stance of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, our focus remains on the House of Representatives.
“Members from our more than 3,000 affiliates all across the state are continuing to call their Representatives and urge them to vote “no” on the Republican health care repeal plan. This plan will give a tax break to the wealthy; make millions of working people pay more for less care, and gut Medicaid as we know it.
“The bottom line is this; working men and women, and all Americans deserve access to comprehensive, affordable health care which is why we will continue this fight and make our voices heard until our Representatives get this right.”
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