UPDATE: The Republicans are delaying the healthcare vote until after July 4th recess. This is a victory for us, but it’s not over. KEEP CALLING! Hit the Town Halls!
This is it, folks! The GOP is pushing for a Senate vote by the end of this week on their plan to uninsure millions so they can give tax cuts to the super-rich, aka the American Health Care Act or Trumpcare. If it passes, it will be sent back to the House, where a vote could be immediate.
The CBO score on the Senate bill came out today (Monday); this version of the AHCA will effectively force 22 million Americans off of their insurance and make getting insurance essentially impossible for those with pre-existing conditions.
WE NEED TO STOP THIS BILL!
So call your Senators, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats. 5Calls.org has the phone numbers for the DC offices all Senators and House members, as well as numbers for their offices outside of Washington, if you can’t get through. You can also call 202-224-3121 and get yourself transferred to your Senators’ offices. 5Calls has handy scripts to help you figure out what you want to say.
You can call after hours to leave a message; messages are tallied the same as live calls, so this is a great alternative if talking to a Senate staffer makes you anxious. Just remember to give your name and address in order to be properly tallied. If the message box is full, call one of your Senator’s local offices.
Your calls will have the most effect if your Senator is a Republican wavering on the bill; the more calls these Senators get opposing the bill, the easier it will be for them to vote no.
Here are some possibly persuadable Republicans who seem to be leaning towards no:
See a longer list of possibly persuadable Republicans here.
And there here are numerous Republicans who have still not said whether they will vote “yes.” See a list here.
But you should call even if your Senators have seemingly made up their minds. Those opposing the bill appreciate your support, which can provide them with the political cover (or simply the backbone) they need to more actively oppose the bill. And those who support the bill need to know just how much their constituents hate the bill — and hate all those who support it.
And call EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. 5calls.org has a number of different scripts you can use, dealing with different aspects of the bill, to make sure you don’t repeat yourself every time you call.
Call your Congressperson as well, given that the House will be taking up the issue immediately if the bill passes the Senate.
Call your Governor; get a script here.
While you should only call your own representatives, feel free to Tweet at reps in other states as well. You can find links to the Twitter accounts of undecided-leaning-no Republicans here along with a graphic showing how many people in their state will likely lose coverage under Trumpcare.
JUST DO IT! AND THEN DO IT AGAIN!
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