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Event Recap: News Conference on Proposed Health Care Reform

News Conference on Proposed Health Care Reform

The Phoenix community came together today at a press conference and community town hall event hosted by Ability360. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicked off the event. “This bill doesn’t make anyone healthier.” Mayor Staton said, “It doesn’t make anyone safer. It doesn’t move our community or our state or our country forward in any way.”

Ability360 President and CEO said that the bill will devastate rural Arizona. He urged Arizonans to call Senators McCain and Flake and urge them to vote no.

Several community leaders and many members of the community spoke about the proposed healthcare bill.

Jodi Liggett of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona called the bill “particularly cruel to women.” She said that it cut maternity coverage and women’s healthcare.

“Make no mistake. If this bill passes, people with disabilities WILL die.” Said Sarah Kader, staff attorney with the Arizona Center for Disability Law.

Jennifer Jermaine, a voter from Chandler and new mom talked about her own health history. “I’m a new mom via C-section and a life-long asthmatic.” Jermaine said, “I was told by my insurance carrier that I would have to go 10 years without an asthma attack or the use of an inhaler for it to no longer be considered a pre-existing condition.

Participants shared a singular message urging Senators McCain and Flake to vote no on the proposed healthcare legislation.

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Senate Republican leaders have just unveiled their healthcare bill, after weeks of crafting it behind closed doors. The bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, raises costs, cuts coverage, weakens protections, and ends Medicaid as we know it – all while offering major tax breaks to the wealthy. Read below for information and updates on the bill, and to find out how you can help.

For a side-by-side comparison of the House’s healthcare bill (the American Health Care Act), the Senate’s healthcare bill, and the Affordable Care Act, visit this page from the Washington Post.

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Reach out to your Senators:

John McCain
Jeff Flake
John McCain


Phoenix: (602) 952-2410
Tucson: (520) 670-6334


Phoenix: (855) 952-8702
Tucson: (520) 670-6637

Jeff Flake


Phoenix: (602) 840-1891
Tucson: (520) 575-8633


Phoenix: (602) 840-4092
Tucson: (520) 797-3232


Please contact Governor Ducey and urge him to ask Senators McCain and Flake to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. “Governor Ducey, the Better Care Reconciliation Act will hurt me (my family) please urge Senator McCain and Senator Flake to vote no”

Doug Ducey
Governor Ducey

Phoenix: (602) 542-4331

How does Medicaid cuts affect people who have disabilities?


DON’T TOUCH MEDICAID, SAVE OUR LIBERTY: dozens of members from the disability rights group ADAPT were arrested Thursday after they gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, protesting the GOP healthcare bill. Protesters were carried out of the building by Capitol Police. Read the full report here, or visit ADAPT’s website.