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"While You Were Sleeping: Senate Narrowly Defeats Repeal of Obamacare"

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill


Women around the country are breathing a sigh of relief today, as Senate Republican leadership's latest attempt to throw millions off their health insurance, and block women from using Planned Parenthood for their reproductive care, was once again defeated.

Appallingly, Donald Trump responded from the White House with a threatening tweet: "[L]et Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!"

Indeed, women voters are watching closely. We will hold accountable those politicians who sabotage the Affordable Care Act as well as those who continue trying to repeal it to hand tax cuts to billionaires.

The dark truth is that senators who voted for the "skinny" repeal bill last night were willing to gamble with women's health and lives, lay them out like chips on a poker table without really knowing what's coming next. No senator with an ounce of respect for women would take that bet.

And yet so many senators did, even though the stakes are so incredibly high. NOW's grassroots activists will fight this bill tooth and nail to make sure it never becomes law. And we will do everything in our power to make sure that the senators who gambled on women's health never serve in elective office again.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.