The House has now joined the Senate in voting for the legislation that could pave the way for the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The GOP says it will have the final repeal bill drafted by January 27th.
In other words, get ready to fight for the ACA as if your life depended on it. Because it literally might.
Make it a two-pronged attack: on the phone and in the streets.
ON THE PHONE: Over the next two weeks, we need to barrage our members of congress with calls and emails telling them why repeal would be a disaster.
If you want to start today, see my posts here and here for information and advice on how to call/write your reps — from basic stuff on how to find their contact info as well as tips from former congressional staffers on how to make your calls and emails effective.
You can find some sample scripts to help you call about the ACA (as well as about Trump’s terrible cabinet picks) here.
If making these sorts of calls is tough for you, here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.
Don’t limit yourself to one set of calls over the next two weeks. Call, and call again, and then call again. If you can’t get through, leave a message. And then get ready to call again. Use any excuse you can to call. If the ACA repeal will affect you personally, tell them your story. If it will affect someone you care for, tell their story.
If you’ve already started making calls on the ACA or on Trump’s cabinet, give yourself a hand. Senate staffers are already feeling overwhelmed by the avalanche of calls. This is good.
IN THE STREETS: This Sunday (the 15th), there will be rallies around the country to protest the GOP’s plan to repeal the ACA.
Find out if there is a rally (or another event) planned in your area by going to to Bernie Sanders’ website here.
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!