Like many of you, we are deeply disappointed in the results of last night’s election. At the national level, we will be led by a President who has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and a Congress that has repeatedly tried to do so. In Missouri, we elected a new Governor who has run on a platform of opposing Medicaid Expansion.
It is so tempting to throw up our hands in despair at this moment. But this moment requires our courage and resolve.
Our movement has been through challenging times before. It took more than fifty years of failed attempts to pass broad health care reform. After each setback, health care champions summoned the strength to continue fighting. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in our country is the lowest it has ever been.
The millions of people who gained coverage and protections through the Affordable Care Act – and the 300,000 Missourians still waiting for us to close the Coverage Gap – are counting on us to make sure that campaign talk doesn’t turn into reality. This spring, we showed that our movement has the ability to work with elected officials in both parties on bipartisan solutions to health care challenges, and we aren’t about to give up now. We will continue to engage our grassroots supporters to defend our hard-won gains and work for further improvements.
If you are upset or hurting today, it’s okay. Take care of your personal well-being and that of your family. But please, don’t dwell in despair. The path forward lies in our shared determination.
We are doubling down on our mission of ensuring that every Missourian can access quality, affordable health care. If you can help support the staff, travel, and supplies this work will require, please make a tax-deductible donation here.
Thank you for standing with us at this moment. We honor and appreciate you, and we look forward to our continuing work together.