Five Dollars/Five Minutes: GMHC & Sharing Your ACA Story

How would repealing the ACA affect the LGBT community?

This ongoing feature directs you to simple, inexpensive tools to fighting discrimination and protecting the rights of the LGBT community—and all people—endangered by the Trump administration. #Resist

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Congressional Republicans this week released the health care legislation with which they hope to replace the Affordable Care Act. And (surprise?) experts are predicting that the new health care system could pose significant risks to minority and low-income people and families. All this coming from the “world’s greatest healthcare plan of 2017.”

Yes, that’s the real name of one of the bills.

Replacing the ACA is going to hit—and likely hurt—the LGBT community on several fronts, but one in particular is HIV prevention. Despite former President Barack Obama’s claim that an “AIDS-free generation is within reach,” gay and bisexual men are still at a greater risk of contracting the virus—especially queer people of color or those who live in rural areas. Under the ACA, Medicaid expansion had allowed for preventive treatments like PrEP to be more affordable. The new Trumpcare would likely phase out funding for those treatments.

That’s why you should consider donating to the GMHC. Founded during the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the historic organization provides testing and treatment services beyond just gay men, but also transgender and gender-nonconforming people. If we want that AIDS-free generation, it looks like we’re going to have work harder than ever for it.

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Before Congress returned from recess, many members—most Republicans—faced hostile town halls, where voters talked about how much they had depended on the ACA for health care needs. Some testimonials involved life-or-death experiences, with many voters claiming they would be dead without the legislation.

If you or a loved one have benefited from the ACA, we encourage you to use social media to share your survival story. Use Facebook Live or Instagram Stories and record just a short message about what your health care means to you, and tag your representatives and senators.

Maybe, instead of staring at thousands of pages of amendments, our legislators had to listen to real stories of health crises, they would be a little more careful before tearing down a law that actually keeps some Americans literally alive.

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