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When you vote, don’t forget how lawmakers voted

On May 4, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger voted “yes” and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos voted “no” on the American Health Care Act. The act passed in the House of Representatives and is now being considered by the U.S. Senate.

The vote was taken before the Congressional Budget Office was allowed time to review its impact.

Many organizations opposed this bill, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the American Public Health Association, to name a few. Gov. Rauner also vocally opposed this act.

If this act becomes law, individual states will be able to determine what health conditions they choose to cover. Medicaid funding will be cut dramatically, affecting older Americans, those with disabilities and the poor.

When you have the opportunity to vote next year, you might want to remember exactly how your representative in the U.S. Congress voted on this bill. Does that person have your interests in mind?

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