Update 6/15/2017: The following senators on the Healthcare committee are taking calls from any US Citizen: Barasso, Enzi, Alexander, Collins, Hatch. McConnell won't take calls.
Cornyn won't take calls unless you are from Texas.
We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat Vote! A 3 Step Plan To Save Healthcare Over The Next 3 Weeks.
The Senate is planning on fast-tracking the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 3 weeks. The bill is being drafted in secret without any input from patients or doctors. The Democrats are not being allowed to participate. There will be no hearings, no town halls, no input from voters. And the “moderates” in the GOP are signaling that they will support taking away healthcare from millions of Americas.
TN - WV - LA - ME - AR - AZ - CO - SC - NV - AK & OH
STEP 2: Go to Facebook and type in “Friends in [name of state].” Messenger your friends, send them this link and ask them to call. If they cannot call, have them fax from their cell phones using ResistBot (https://resistbot.io). If they cannot fax, have them email their Senators. And then ask them to pass this info on to their friends and families in those states and ask them to do the same. Also consider emailing a letter to to the editor for the local papers in your state & send them your story, mentioning your Senator.
If you don’t use Facebook, search through your contacts for people from those states and do the same.
STEP 3: If you are burned out and overwhelmed: please consider reposting on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LJ/DW.
Deadline: we have three weeks. The vote will happen the third week in June (June 26-June 30).
4 Sample scripts below
Sample Script: “SCRIPT FOR SENATORS: Hi, my name is…and I’m a constituent from… [give your zip code]. I am calling because I am very concerned about the millions of people like me who could lose health care and essential services if the AHCA becomes law. (Insert personal details as you feel comfortable: I receive care through the ACA or Medicaid, I have a pre-existing condition, I have a disability/a child with a disability, I work in health care or in schools, etc.) I ask that the senator aggressively oppose ANY legislation that makes it harder for constituents to access affordable insurance or cuts funding for Medicaid and vote against any bill that offers a tax cut to the wealthy at the expense of working Americans, the sick, and disabled. Thank you for your time”
Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ….. and I’m a constituent from… [give your zip code] . I’m calling to demand that Sen. X do everything in his/her power to block Trumpcare. Trumpcare will destroy Medicare and Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and take health care away from people with pre-existing conditions. Tens of millions of Americans could lose their health coverage if the Senate advances Trumpcare. I expect Sen. X to do the right thing and protect Americans from this deadly and reckless bill. Can I count on Sen. X to vote no on Trumpcare? Thank you for your time.”
Sample Script: “ Hello, my name is ….. and I’m a constituent from… [give your zip code] . I’m calling (SENATOR) to oppose any health care bill that (List your favorites from below)
Don’t cut $880 BILLION from the safety-net Medicaid program;
Don’t reduce premium subsidies for moderate-income families
Don’t charge older Americans a huge increase, up to 750% increase above their current bill.
Don’t discriminate against people with pre-existing health conditions;
Don’t take away essential health benefits from insurance coverage; and
Don’t defund Planned Parenthood;
Don’t make women pay more than men;
Don’t put annual and lifetime caps back on the table;
Don’t cut Special Education funds for special needs kids (funded by Medicaid!);
Allows corporations to stop providing coverage without fines.
Do you have a Democratic Senator? Want to save lives (possibly even your own) and help kill Trumpcare? The Indivisible Group has a plan. But we need to light a fire under the Democrats who still keep trying to play nice with the GOP.
The plan - the GOP has chosen to repeal healthcare in secret without any hearings or debate. But the simple majority vote (reconciliation) method allows the Democrats to force a debate by adding amendments. Thousands of them. Each one will have to be read into the record - which will give the US citizens more time to read and understand what is in the healthcare repeal bill and how it will hurt them. Otherwise, the GOP plans to repeal healthcare - without any debates or hearings - by July 4 in time for them to go home for vacation.
“Do you have a Democratic Senator? Then it means they’ve publicly committed to voting against TrumpCare. That’s great—but it’s not nearly good enough. This is a do-or-die moment on the ACA and your Democratic Senator should be doing everything they can to stop this bill from getting through the Senate. Here’s how they can really play hardball to defeat TrumpCare.
REPUBLICANS WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GET TRUMPCARE THROUGH.
They’re using a strategy of speed and secrecy to pass TrumpCare in the Senate. No hearings, no town halls, and no CBO score. And they definitely aren’t letting anyone read the bill. We need to slow them way down and draw attention to their terrible bill and their terrible process. That way, everyone will know how many people will lose coverage, how many protections will be taken away, and how much premiums are expected to increase.
DEMOCRATS AREN’T IN CONTROL, BUT THEY CAN STILL RESIST. 1. Withhold Consent. 2. Filibuster by Amendment.