We Really Need To Talk About Healthcare In The U.S.

The thirteen Republican men who brokered the replacement for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) have finally broken their silence. On Thursday they released the text of their replacement to the public, and things are looking grim.

Beyond taking away healthcare from millions — all for tax cuts for the wealthy in this country — this bill would defund Planned Parenthood and ensure that many conditions become pre-existing. Early next week, the Congressional Budget Office will score the bill. Since it's similar to the bill proposed in the House of Representatives, we can imagine that the CBO's score on the bill will not be good.

I never thought I'd be thankful for Ted Cruz, and yet, here I am. He and three other senators are considering opposing the bill, since they say it doesn't do enough to eradicate Obamacare. That, in our opinion, sucks, but hey, at least they're getting in their own way!

This weekend, while it is Pride Weekend in New York (and you know we'll be celebrating!), it's important to show up to protests and senators' offices to call for them to vote against the bill. Our lives depend on it.

- Alicia McElhaney / She Spends Issue #8