“This is not democracy” EMILYs List Responds to Senate Republicans’ Secret Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Senate Republicans released a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“This bill is a cruel, un-American attack on women, families, and the millions of Americans who rely on the Affordable Care Act for life-saving health care. That Mitch McConnell and his friends wrote this bill in secret, with no input from Democrats, women senators, or – most importantly – the public, is unconscionable. By continuing to put party over the American people, Republicans are making it increasingly clear that their loyalty lies with Donald Trump, not hardworking families. The majority of Americans support the Affordable Care Act and do not want to see it repealed. It is sad that Senate Republicans have sunk to a point where they would abandon the people they claim to represent in order to answer the demands of a historically unpopular president.”
“Now, more than ever, we need more pro-choice Democratic women in office to fight back against these harmful partisan attacks that disproportionately affect our children and working families. It is unacceptable that a bill that impacts millions of Americans was purposefully written behind closed doors – away from the people impacted most. This is not democracy. The American people – and women in particular – will not stand for this betrayal.”
EMILYs 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 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 EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.