On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a vote on the Senate GOP Health Care bill would be postponed until after July 4th. In other words, the GOP’s plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with Trumpcare has been thwarted once again. However, this is merely a temporary victory.
Senate Republicans drafted the Trumpcare bill under an unprecedented lack of transparency. According to the CBO, Trumpcare will result in 22 million fewer people with health insurance by 2026, and 15 million fewer just in the next year. We must continue to resist any efforts to repeal the ACA.
Restaurant workers will be hit particularly hard by a repeal of the ACA. In fact, three million restaurant workers rely on it for their health care. With the restaurant industry having 7 of 10 of the lowest-paying jobs in America, our industry’s health care is subsidized by the ACA. Many tipped restaurant workers receive a subminimum wage of just $2.13 per hour. Forced to rely on tips to support their families, they face disproportionate rates of poverty and financial instability. As such, health insurance is hard to come by in the restaurant industry. The ACA was a lifeline for so many of these families. In addition to being morally reprehensible, reducing access to affordable health care in the restaurant industry poses an enormous public health risk. Without it, people in the restaurant industry will be forced to work while sick.
Despite that, repeal would have been a big win for the National Restaurant Association, which lobbied fiercely against the ACA. We cannot let them win.
ROC members, restaurant workers, and their allies have led the resistance to the Trump agenda through our campaign for One Fair Wage, condemnation of the nominations of both Andrew Puzder and Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary, and leadership and avid support for the recent Women’s and May 1 Strikes. Our resistance continues, and will only grow stronger in the face of the Trump Administration’s harmful policies.
We must continue this fight for fair wages and workplace conditions, including paid sick leave and access to healthcare for all. We urge you to call your Senators using the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and demand they reject Trumpcare and protect the ACA.