Your DGB for today is to shame the members of the House of Representatives that voted yes on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The voting is done, so let the shaming begin. Yes, the bill has moved to the Senate, but that doesn’t mean we should stop putting pressure on the House of Representatives. The Senate is going to look at the repercussions House members face before they decide whether or not to it’s political suicide to vote yes on their version of the AHCA. You may have seen the clip of Rep. Raul R Labrador from Idaho saying “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care” and then the subsequent booing by his constituents at his town hall. This is the sort of action and pushback we need, to force the Senate to do the right thing.
You can find the members of the House of Representatives who voted yes in this New York Times article. We want you to contact every House Member in your state that voted yes. If you happen to live in a state that all your House Members voted no, first, lucky you, next, find your closest state with House Members that voted yes and contact them. You can find contact info for your representatives by following this link. When you call or email them, let them know they lost your vote for their next race and that you will be doing everything in your power to make sure they aren’t reelected. You can also add a personal touch by adding in a story about a preexisting condition you or a loved one has.
Want to go even further? Make sure you follow your Reps on twitter or facebook so you can find out when their next town all is and show up and repeatedly yell “shame.” If your Representative isn’t holding a town hall (many aren’t) may we suggest organizing a die in with your friends at their offices. Dress up in your best funeral garb, make yourself a headstone with the ailment you died of from not being covered by insurance, alert the media, and set up shop at their offices. If you plan a die in, let us know so we can add it to our calendar! Whatever you do, get creative and have a little fun with it. It’s a healthy way to get out your anger and it may just prevent the Senate from making a deadly mistake.