Well, here we are again: the Senate healthcare debate is entering its third day. Vote-A-Rama looms. And Senate Republicans have begun pushing a bare-bones "skinny repeal" bill which most Senators haven't even seen (stop me if you've heard that one before).
Conflicting information abounds, especially via social media, with some claiming that the effort to repeal Obamacare is on the verge of defeat and others asserting that the Senate will likely manage to pass a bill tonight unless pushback today is swift and overwhelming. We understand that it's been difficult to focus on healthcare these past few days, especially in light of Tump's recent tweets about the eligibility of trans citizens to serve in our military (we'll be running an article on that fiasco later today) and the DOJ's proclamation this morning that the Civil Rights Act does not protect the civil rights of "homosexuals" (talk about a #tbt—someone should tell Sessions we're not living in the 1950s anymore). So if you've having trouble focusing on the healthcare debate this week, let us here at Adolescent remind you: our lives are on the line.
Economists and healthcare professionals across the board agree that there is no good version of an Obamacare repeal bill. Every piece of legislation to that end that has been introduced thus far will decimate healthcare coverage across the nation. This means that people you know and love—and perhaps even you, yourself—will be left without healthcare.
There is still time to fight against repeal. Call your Senators—seriously, do it right now. If you get their voicemail, leave a message. If you can't get through to D.C., try their regional offices. Just keep trying. Make sure they know that a vote in favor of this legislation will spell the end of their political career.
We know that many of our readers are below the age of 18. You might feel that this doesn't apply to you, or that there's nothing you can do, but that's not true. You are a citizen of this country—and in a few short years, you'll be eligible to vote. Your opinion matters.
So make sure it gets heard.