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This Again? Or How to Save Healthcare

This will be brief because we have work to do… seriously.  We have to save healthcare for millions of people.  Your kids, my kids, everyone depends on this.  Luckily, this is fight that a lot of people with more time and far better tech skills are also passionate about.

So here is your Save Healthcare toolkit.  This time it is not enough to just call your senators and express your feelings.  This is going to take more effort, so reheat that coffee for the fourth time, put on some Sesame Street, and get to work! If you work outside the home this is what you need to be spending your break/ lunch doing.  We are all in this together. This is going to take all of us.

Back up-  whoa what’s going on? I thought we already did this… Yes, we did and we did a good job, but the GOP are like roaches- they just keep coming back with this same old ‘stripping healthcare from millions of people’ crap.  Here’s some background on this latest effort-Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know.   It is also looking likely to succeed this time. “I’ve never felt better about where we’re at,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the bill’s sponsors, told reporters after senators met with Vice President Pence to discuss the new health-care proposal.”-GOP odds rise on ObamaCare repeal

There is some good news, but it is actually bad news.  The Senate only has until September 30 to pass this because due to some archaic rules, any reconciliation bill passed after September 30 needs 60 votes.  So IF this fails, we get to focus on something else for a bit.  However, this makes the senate GOP like a wounded bear in a corner- they are desperate to get this done.  Congressional GOP, and Trump, need a win and they are counting on the rest of us being too distracted, too exhausted, too busy to fight this with the same vigor we had over the summer.

So how bad is this bill? Spoiler- it is really bad.

This NPR article is by far the best analysis of just how bad this will be. Please read it because knowledge is power. “The Graham-Cassidy plan would take health insurance coverage away from millions of people, eliminate critical public health funding, devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions,” says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, in a statement.”-Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions  However, we don’t know exactly how bad because the CBO score won’t be available for weeks.  As Usual, Republicans Won’t Have Any Clue What Their New Obamacare Repeal Bill Does Before They Vote on It

TOOLKIT- here are the goodies.

1- If you live in a red state YOU MUST CALL YOUR SENATORS EVERY DAMN DAY.

RED STATE CALL SCRIPT-  

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator [ ] will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator hasn’t reviewed the text of the bill yet and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I want Senator [ ] to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it by turning Medicaid into a capped system. This hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. It also takes away funding to help people afford health insurance through the marketplace, and it hurts states that have expanded Medicaid.

Staffer: Obamacare is a failure. The Senator believes we must stabilize the market and lower premiums.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then supporting the bipartisan, transparent process that Senators Alexander and Murray are leading through regular order would be a better option than supporting the Graham-Cassidy bill. I expect Senator [ ] to respect regular order and reject the Graham-Cassidy bill if it comes to a vote.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator [ ] to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator [ ] decides to do.

If you live in a Blue State- Call Your SENATORS and tell them to do more than just vote no!

BLUE STATE CALL SCRIPT- WITHHOLD CONSENT

Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [place in state]. Am I correct that [Senator] opposes TrumpCare, the American Health Care Act?

Staffer: Yes! [Senator] is totally opposed.

Caller: I’m glad to hear that. Can you tell me what [Senator] has done so far to oppose it?

Staffer: Sure. [Senator] gave a speech on the floor recently that talked about the bill’s impact in our state. She’s listened to many constituents and heard their personal stories. She’s encouraged her colleagues to let us read the bill or have hearings on it. And yesterday she did an epic tweet storm.

Caller: I’m afraid it’s going to take more than talk and tweet storms to stop this terrible bill. We have to slow this process way down and call attention to the terrible bill Republicans are trying to jam through in total darkness. We have to use every tool available. Does [Senator] intend to withhold her consent on all Senate business until this bill dead?

Staffer: Withholding consent doesn’t actually buy us that much time. It would only delay things by 30 hours.

Caller: I’m not just talking about refusing to agree on shortening debate time on TrumpCare or other bills. I’m talking about withholding consent on amendments, placing holds on nominations, and objecting to all unanimous consent requests until the reconciliation instructions expire?. Will the [Senator] do that?

Staffer: Well, [Senator] thinks that could backfire. We’re trying to work together with Republicans on other important issues, like investigating Russian interference in our democracy. Withholding consent could make that more difficult.

Caller: Of course we want to know more about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. But millions of Americans’ healthcare, including [coverage loss in state, find here] is important too. That’s what’s at stake. This is the most important thing right now and the issue the Senator needs to be focusing on. I don’t think anything else is worth healthcare getting ripped away from millions of Americans.

Staffer: I’ll let [Senator] know your thoughts.

Caller: Please do. I expect her to use every tool she has. That also includes offering as many amendments as it takes to draw out Senate debate on this bill during vote-a-rama.

Want to do more? Of course you do! 

First, get your friends and family to call.  Share this post

Here is the Official Indivisible Toolkit to reach out to red state progressives in red states and encourage them to call their senators. Remember this bill flew under the radar so people might not even know it exists! This also has state specific information.  Calls To Kill Trumpcare- easy sign up

Signup to text MoveOn members in key states urging them to call their Senator and demand they protect up to 30 million Americans from losing health care by opposing the Graham-Cassidy health care bill!

Move on Training Page

Really don’t have ANY time?  Have some anxiety about calling your members of congress?  Check out ResistBot.  From ResistBot website- Text RESIST to 50409 or message me on Facebook and I’ll find out who represents you in Congress, and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. No downloads or apps required.

**Do YOU have any other resources or tools that we can add to our arsenal?***

Whatever you do- please do SOMETHING.  If this passes, you will always wonder if you could have done more.  Remember that feeling we had when Trump won?  Remember wondering if you could have somehow swayed the balance?  Right now. This moment is a chance to be a hero.  Ok, that’s a little cheesey, but seriously go make some calls… why are you still reading?  

 

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