April 20, 2017
EMILYs List Responds to Republicans’ Amendment to the AHCA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today information was released regarding the Republican Party’s latest amendment to their deeply unpopular health care bill, the American Health Care Act. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“This amendment doesn’t change what millions of Americans already know – that the Republicans’ bill is dangerous, unpopular, and doomed to fail. Paul Ryan’s latest draft would allow states to deny Americans essential health benefits like maternity care and breast cancer screenings and relies on expensive high-risk pools that cut everyday Americans out of the health care system. This is a dangerous addition to a Republican bill, endorsed by President Trump, that would strip health insurance from 24 million Americans, defund Planned Parenthood, and institute an age tax allowing insurance companies to charge older Americans more than younger Americans.”
“The Republicans’ desperate effort last month to pass the AHCA – a deeply unpopular bill that sent Donald Trump’s approval ratings spiraling – was thwarted by the millions of Americans who came out to town halls and protests across the country. Women and men across this country will not stay silent as Republicans try again to pass this bill.”
“EMILYs List women in office will continue to stand up against the Republican Party’s cruel attacks on women, workers, and all Americans – including this hastily-written, dangerous piece of legislation. We will continue our tireless efforts to add more to their ranks – because now more than ever, American women need defenders in their corner.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have trained nearly 10,000 women to run and helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.