It’s An All Hands-On-Deck Time to Fight the Graham-Cassidy Bill

Make Calls, Write Emails to Crucial Republican Senators

Multiple news organization are reporting that the Senate Republicans may be one vote away from being able to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill and now is the time we need to double-down on calling Senators not only from our own state, but from crucial Republican states (see list below).

I am someone who is not comfortable making calls to strangers, especially senators in Washington.  I am also someone who has just spent 5-10 minutes making those calls, and it turned out to be not difficult at all.  I wrote down my own script to read when I made the calls – that felt easier and more natural than a script suggested on a website.  However, many people may prefer to use a script from a website (see an example below).  It’s best to do what feels most comfortable for you.  On most of the calls I made I left a message on voicemail, on a couple I spoke to a person, and on a few I wrote an email because the mailbox was full or the line was busy.

The script I wrote for myself was:

I would like to urge Senator ______ to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy bill.  Please don’t use the health of the American people to score political points.  This issue is too important for that.  Take time to carefully research ways to improve access to affordable health care and don’t rush a terrible bill through for political purposes.  Thank you.

A script from Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist:

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express my opposition to the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the ACA. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks.

 

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.

 

National Day of Action: #KillTheBill. Stop Trumpcare.

Tuesday July 18th is a National Day of Protest.

From Maine and South Carolina to Hawaii and Alaska, Indivisible groups are organizing rallies and  die-ins, and visiting congressional offices to say that Trumpcare will hurt our friends, our families, and our country.  Protests in Illinois will be in Springfield, Wheaton, Oak Park, and Chicago .  The Indivisible website  lists the protests across the country. just type in your zip code for one near you.  If you are not able to attend a rally, call your members of Congress and Gov. Rauner  (217-782-0244) on Tuesday and let them know the Senate healthcare bill will devastate many hardworking families in Illinois and across America, stripping health insurance from millions of people and shredding the vital Medicaid safety net.  Let your friends and family in other states know about this National Day of Action #KillTheBill!

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.

Recommended Actions from the Healthcare Team

Just a quick update on what the Health Care Administrative Team has been up to.  We have a terrific group of people working on contacting our political representatives and monitoring websites and other resistance groups for information and actions we can take to fight back against recent efforts to dismantle the ACA (aka Obamacare) and replace it with the AHCA (aka Trumpcare).
  • Currently we are encouraging people to call Gov. Rauner ( 217-782-0244) in support of Senators Durbin and Duckworth who sent him letters requesting he voice opposition to the AHCA and the secretive nature with which the Senate Republicans are conducting their business of crafting their version of the AHCA.
  • Other actions are to call Sen. Orrin Hatch, (SFC office 202-224-4515; fax 202-228-0554) to demand open hearings on the details of the Senate health care bill,
  • and joining in on National Call-In Day to Stop Trumpcare,
  • and contact your member of Congress to voice your opposition.
More details on the above are available on the North Shore Indivisible Facebook page.