Select any provisions of the Affordable Care Act that affect you: ban on denying insurance for those with a pre-existing condition lifting yearly and lifetime caps dependents on insurance to age 26 reproductive and preventative care I can now afford insurance on the exchange Other Select any constituencies you identify with (check all that apply):EducatorVeteran / Military FamilyYouth / StudentWomenSeniorSmall Business OwnerMedical ProfessionalElectedCommunity LeaderCoalition PartnerFarmerSportsman / HunterPerson of FaithFirst Time VolunteerLong Serving VolunteerLaw Enforcement / First ResponderAfrican AmericanLatinoImmigrantYour Letter to the Editor*In March 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress attempted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) with their plan, the American Health Care Act. After a non-partisan CBO report estimated 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years and provisions that severely cut patient protections were added on last minute, the bill failed to even come to a vote. As Speaker Paul Ryan declared after, the ACA is still “the law of the land.” Currently, Tennessee has the option to fully implement “the law of the land” here, by closing the coverage gap and providing access to insurance for 280,000 Tennesseans. Tennessee officials have refused to accept 2.6 million dollars per day from the federal government to help working class folks across the state access affordable health care. Without expansion, the future is bleak. The Marketplace is unstable for 230,000 Tennesseans, 40,000 of whom won’t have a Marketplace option in 2018, and roughly 14,000 hospital jobs are at risk. We rank first in the country for the rate of rural hospital closures with 8 so far and 37 more are at risk of closing soon. Please share your voice – your story, your concern, your plea - through a letter to the editor, urging Speaker Beth Harwell and our state legislature that we can no longer afford to do nothing. KEY MESSAGE POINTS We are disappointed by Senator Alexander's actions this week. Tennesseans, and all Americans, deserve to see a real plan that protects high-quality, affordable health care. What Sen. Alexander has put forward raises more questions than answers for Tennessee families who depend on the coverage they have today, especially for the 526,000 Tennesseans who stand to lose their health coverage because of “repeal-and-delay.” "repeal-and-promise" strategy is no better than the Republican leadership's strategy of "repeal-and-delay." It's irresponsible to claim that a replacement plan that affects on sixth of our economy and hundreds of millions of people can be crafted, debated, and passed in a matter of hours, days, or weeks. What Senator Alexander called for is worse because he called to end the requirement that insurance companies must cover essential health services like emergency services, hospitalization stays, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs and services to help people struggling with mental health and substance abuse. His proposals also continue to fail to guarantee that all people with pre-existing conditions won't be charged more or denied the coverage they need. Before Senator Alexander and the Congressional Republicans tear apart our health system, they need to show us a comprehensive plan to protect the health and financial security of our families. TIPS FOR GREAT LETTERS TO EDITOR Make it personal if you can, like sharing how you or someone you know has benefited from the ACA Talk about values. What values are behind your call to not repeal the ACA, and taking health care from millions of Americans. 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