Healthcare – Now What?

Next Steps In the Healthcare Battle.

In the recent news rollercoaster ride, we heard that Republicans were unable to pass bills addressing ACA ” repeal and replace”, “skinny repeal and replace”, “repeal only”, “skinny repeal” or any variation thereof.   So now what?

A Washington Post article today outlines two Republican options – withhold cost-sharing payments to insurers, thereby further destabilizing the health insurance market place and cause already expensive premiums to skyrocket even higher, or work in a bipartisan fashion to guarantee the health insurance subsidies and stabilize the individual insurance marketplace.  The Chicago Tribune , in a rather partisan editorial, forecast a 43% hike in rates for Illinois in the current climate of uncertainty and confusion.  Donald Trump signaled his view (via tweets of course) that payments should be withheld and the ACA should “implode”.

There are a few signs of hope that this Congress may ultimately act in a responsible manner.  In the Senate, Republican Lamar Alexander has called for bipartisan legislation to extend federal payments to insurers for at least a year.  The House of Representatives has also formed a Problem Solvers Caucus to look at bipartisan solutions to problems such as health care.  In the meantime, a coalition of 16 state attorneys general is challenging in the ability of the White House and Congress to withhold the healthcare subsidies.  To ultimately improve the ACA, more must be done than simply shore up struggling insurance marketplaces, but that is at least a place to start.

The time for solutions is growing short so we must keep up the pressure on Congress to form responsible and bipartisan solutions to our current healthcare crisis.

 

Support Bipartisan Action on Healthcare

Support and Stabilize the Affordable Care Act

 

This is From Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist: (for all of you on Twitter, I especially encourage you to take note of the bonus action and remind McConnell how our legislative process is supposed to work)

Action: Advocate for fixing ACA instead of repealing.

Call: Your 2 Senators, red or blue (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi. I am calling because I want good, affordable health care and am tired of watching Republicans fail over and over because they’re not listening to constituents. I want [name] to start fighting for fixing what’s not working in the ACA. I want to see Senate bipartisanship and transparency in this process. Thank you.

Bonus action: Tweet McConnell:
A refresher: This is how to pass a healthcare bill. #democracy
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What’s your story? Affordability of Prescription drugs

Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs?

ProPublica Wants to Hear From You.

Action: Share your story about the affordability of prescription medications.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Read more about their work here.

ProPublica and The New York Times are interested in hearing from patients about any difficulties they have had accessing or paying for prescription drugs, in particular if those challenges have occurred in the past year.

This link will take you to a questionnaire about your experience with prescription drug costs, with spaces in the form for you to describe your situation.

Stop Trumpcare

Back to the Phones

We all had a little breather over the 4th of July break, but the Senate will be back in session tomorrow.  Indications are they will pull out all the stops to pass BCRA.  Mitch McConnell submitted revisions to the CBO last week, and has been offering money to flip “no” votes.  He will have two weeks to pass the bill after the CBO scores it.  Save My Care has TV ads in Nevada, Alaska and West Virginia.  It’s time for us to go back to the phones and call everyone on the list.

Dick Durbin (D)IL202-224-2152
Tammy Duckworth (D)IL202-224-2854
Shelley Capito (R)WV202-224-6472
Lisa Murkowski (R)AK202-224-6665
Dean Heller (R)NV202-224-6244
Dan Sullivan (R)AK202-224-3004
Jeff Flake (R)AZ202-224-4521
Susan Collins (R)ME202-224-2523
Bill Cassidy (R)LA202-224-5824
Bob Corker(R)TN202-224-3344
Cory Gardner (R)CO202-224-5941
Richard Shelby (R)AL202-224-5744
Luther Strange (R)AL202-224-4124
Pat Toomey (R)PA202-224-4254
Lamar Alexander (R)TN202-224-4944
Ron Johnson (R)WI202-224-5323
Rob Portman (R)OH202-224-3353

 

Tell Friends: Make Calls to your GOP Senators. Save ACA!

The Senate is on recess for the July 4th holiday, but you can bet your sweet bippy that Mitch McConnell is wheeling and dealing with all the Republican Senators still on the fence about the ACA repeal bill.

When calling friends and family to wish them a happy 4th of July this year, make sure those in states with GOP Senators know they can still Save the ACA!

Use our share buttons below to pass this on!

If they need a script, one can be found here.

Extra Credit for these states:

Save the ACA!

Fight Back Against the ACA-Repeal.

We can persuade some of these Senators to vote NO on the Senate health care bill! 

  • They may vote as early as Thursday.
  • Lawmakers are beginning to listen to voices outside their districts/states when they hear from many of us.
  • Include a personal connection to their state if you can (e.g. we enjoyed our vacation in your state, we visit with friends in your state, I’m concerned about my family members in your state etc.)

This list of Senators was shared in the Indivisible-10th District meeting on Sunday, June 25:  (From Protect Our Care)

Call these Senators and tell them we need them to vote NO on the ACA-repeal.

Lamar Alexander (TN)                 202-224-4944

Shelley Moore Capito (WV)        202-224-6472

Bill Cassidy (LA)                            202-224-5824

Susan Collins (ME)                      202-224-2523

Bob Corker (TN)                            202-224-3344

Tom Cotton (AR                             202-224-2353

Jeff Flake (AZ)                                202-224-4521

Cory Gardner (CO)                       202-224-5941

Lindsey Graham (SC)                   202-224-5972

Dean Heller (NV)                           202-224-6244

Lisa Murkowski (AK)                   202-224-6665

Rob Portman (OH)                       202-224-3353

 

#ProtectOurCare

America is counting on them to value our lives over tax breaks for the wealthy

Confused About the ACA vs AHCA vs BCRA?

Comparison of the ACA, AHCA and BCRA Health Care Bills

Confused by what is in the ACA (Affordable Care Act) vs. AHCA (American Health Care Act – House version) vs. BCRA (Better Care Reconciliation Act – Senate version)? Click here to see a Huffington Post article that clearly shows the differences in an easy to understand, side-by-side comparison.