Today at 2pm EST, The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Graham Cassidy bill. It is the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is critical we fill the hearing record with your voices. Tell the GOP a repeal of the ACA will be devastating for the 14 million people who work in America’s restaurants.
Contact the Senate Finance Committee via. this email address: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov.
We have no time to waste. Restaurant workers will suffer under the GOP’s plans. Three million restaurant workers rely on the ACA for their health care. The restaurant industry has 7 of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in America. The ACA subsidizes our industry’s health care. Many tipped restaurant workers receive a subminimum wage of $2.13 per hour. They rely on tips to support their families. As a result, they face disproportionate rates of poverty and financial instability. As such, health insurance is hard to come by. The ACA was a lifeline for so many of these families. What’s more, repealing the ACA poses an enormous public health risk. Without it, people in the restaurant industry will be forced to work while sick.
Of course, repeal is a big win for the National Restaurant Association. They lobbied hard against the ACA. Again, we cannot let them win. We want an industry where all people who work in restaurants can improve their quality of life. That must include access to affordable health care.
We urge you to email the Senate Finance Committee ASAP at GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov. Additionally, call your Senators using the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Demand they protect the ACA.