In July 2017, the Senate voted down the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act! Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his band of Republicans were inches away from swiping care from millions of people, but they were no match for a key set of tireless UltraViolet members who showed up again and again, month after month, since almost immediately after Election Day 2016, from Maine to Alaska. You held sit-ins and speak-outs, letter-writing and call Congress house parties, and even emergency spur-of-the-moment rallies. Your work was integral to ensuring senators didn't vote to rob millions of their health care.
UltraViolet leaders in key states, including Maine, Alaska, Nevada, Louisiana, Colorado, Arkansas, Arizona, and West Virginia, have organized since it became clear President Trump and Republican leaders would make it mission #1 to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We did not waste a minute, organizing right after Election Day in November. Look at all we did together:
In addition to offline actions, thousands of UltraViolet members called their Senators to demand they protect the Affordable Care Act. We displayed "Trumpcare Attacks Women" projections on district offices around the country, and ran "homepage takeover" ads on The Hill and local newspapers in key senators' districts.
Your actions and public opposition over the past few weeks have received millions of views across the country, with nearly 500 press hits and coverage in The Washington Post, Glamour, CNN, Vox, and tons of local press coverage as well.
Defeating Trumpcare is an undeniable victory for millions of people across our country. We know that the fight is far from over and the Trump administration will continue to attack people's health care coverage, but last week's victory proves that women-led and member-led resistance works. Want to see more photos from your actions? Check out our Flickr page.