Kristen Gillibrand Stresses Importance of Affordable Care Act Before Republicans Vote to Dismantle It

New York Democratic Senator and MAKER Kristen Gillibrand defended women's health coverage and protection under Obamacare's Affordable Care Act on Thursday.

"Under the Affordable Care Act we made many changes that made a huge difference in the lives of everyday American families. It said to women of America 'you can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman.' It said, 'You can't be dropped coverage when you become pregnant,'" Gillibrand said. "Imagine becoming pregnant and having your insurer drop your coverage because you no longer are economic or you cost too much money. Imagine being a cancer survivor and then having your coverage dropped because you’ve survived cancer, and you cost too much money."

"In the Affordable Care Act we made sure contraception, preventative care service, health care screenings, mammograms were affordable and accessible — and if we take that away these families are left without the basic care they need to survive," Gillibrand continued. "So, if you love women and you love your mothers and daughters and wives please do not unwind the Affordable Care Act. We need women’s health protected. And that's what this amendment does."

Early Thursday, Republicans in the Senate took the first major step in repealing the Affordable Care Act by approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to dismantle the healthcare law without the risk of a filibuster by Democrats by January 27, The New York Times reports.

Currently, 11 million Americans are covered by the healthcare law, and 55 million are being provided with free birth control by their employers.

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