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AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, and AFT Join Nationwide Day of Action on July 29 to Hold Congressional Republicans Accountable for Health Care Repeal Plan

On July 11, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announced that they will join the nationwide Our Lives on the Line campaign and demand that Congressional Republicans immediately drop their plan to take health care away from 22 million Americans. The four new partners join a growing coalition of leading health care advocates and progressive groups including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and MoveOn.org — who will be mobilizing across the country on July 29 to hold Congressional Republicans accountable for their dangerous and cruel health care plan.

The nationwide day of action will target members of Congress who have voted — or may vote — to repeal the Affordable Care Act and include a national event in Washington, D.C. and rallies across the country. The four organizations announced today join a broad coalition of progressive groups supporting Our Lives On The Line, including Organizing for Action, Indivisible, The Women’s March, Center for Popular Democracy, Stand Up America, Our Revolution, Tax March, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

“The fight to stop this vicious assault on America’s health care security is just beginning,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We are fighting for our children, our parents, and our communities. We’re going all out and won’t relent until it is dead and gone. It is time for Congress to abandon this reckless plan and come together on a bipartisan basis to improve the Affordable Care Act. That’s what voters want.”

“Around the country, Americans are making themselves heard loud and clear – with calls to their senators’ offices, participation in town hall meetings and more,” said AFSCME President Lee A. Saunders. “It’s time to raise the volume even higher, to let our elected representatives know that this legislation is an assault on our values. Regardless of party or ideology, we should be able to agree that this is not a game, and it’s not about scoring political points; health care is a matter of life and death. This struggle isn’t over yet, but with strong grassroots energy and continued resistance, we can defeat this bill once and for all.”

“With Congressional Republicans rushing forward with their plan to take healthcare and Medicaid away from millions, the fight to protect quality, affordable healthcare has never been more critical,” said Martha Baker, RN and President of SEIU Local 1991.“The nurses, doctors, home care workers, and frontline nursing home and hospital caregivers of SEIU are proud to stand with communities across the country on July 29 to stand against the Republican repeal bill and send a clear message to Congress: The lives of our patients, our loved ones and hard-working families in our community are on the line if Medicaid and health security are ripped away.”

Additional partners will be announced in the coming days.

With Congressional Republicans rushing forward with their plan to take away health care from millions, the fight to protect quality, affordable health care has never been more critical. Despite pulling a vote on their deeply unpopular health care repeal bill earlier this week, Senate Republicans remain committed to moving forward with a dangerous plan that will repeal the Affordable Care Act, drive up costs for nearly every American, and decimate Medicaid. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would take health care away from 22 million Americans and dramatically cut care for millions more for decades.