AHCA

Yes, We are STILL Fighting for Healthcare

Your DGB for today is to contact one of six GOP senators who we can flip against the Motion to Proceed on health care debate in the Senate.

We feel like this has been the longest inning ever, but we really are in the final stretch for all the various health care bill incarnations...maybe.

By most accounts, tomorrow morning, the Senate will vote on a Motion to Proceed on healthcare legislation. Trump and McConnell are desperate to pass something- anything before August recess, and desperate people are dangerous. If the MTP passes, a good 20 hours of debate will begin over a health care bill we won’t even know the content of, followed by a vote on it. We don’t know if Senators will be voting on the House-passed version, which was really bad, the Senate version, which is miraculously worse, some Frankenstein bill, or a full repeal.

Today, you’ll pick an iffy senator and call, fax, or email them and beg them to vote against the MTP and, if it comes to it, any health care bill rushed through this week. The up-for-grabs senators include Lee of Utah, Flake from Arizona, Portman from Ohio, Hoeven of North Dakota, Heller of Nevada, and Murkowski from Alaska. You can find their contact info here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. Or, if you prefer, you can use Countable, IssueVoter, Resistbot, or any other resistance tool to get in touch and, we hate to say it but, literally beg for your life and the lives of millions of other United States Citizens.

 

Just Say No

Your DGB for today is to contact your senators and tell them to vote NO on the health care bill.

After weeks of subterfuge and clandestine meetings, the GOP Factory of Terrible Ideas Made Even Worse finally produced their promised health care bill. We probably don’t have to tell you that it means bad things for practically every human being living in the United States, but we are going to anyway. If this bill passes (and it very much is still in play) the Congressional Budget Office predicts:

Huge increases in premiums for low income and older people

Deep cuts to Medicaid spending

20 million people losing insurance altogether over the next 10 years

If that’s not enough to inspire you to pick up a phone or fire up Resistbot, did you know that it also eliminates Essential Health Benefits and prohibits private insurance companies from covering abortion?

The U.S. Capital Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 can direct you to your Senators’ office or dial them up directly using this handy link: https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf

Mitch McConnell has now delayed a vote until after the July 4th recess, so we also recommend calling them at their local office in addition to using email, web contact pages, and of course Resistbot or IssueVoter. Here's a phone script if you need one:

 

"Hi my name is ____ and I am one of the Senators’ constituents. My ZIP code is ____. I am calling to voice my disapproval of the Senate healthcare bill and asking that they vote No. Thank you! "

 

Kill the AHCA Before It Kills Us

Your DGB for today is to call, yes call, your senators and their staffers and demand they vote no on Trumpcare.

Trumpcare, or AHCA, is moving it’s way through the Senate and almost no one has seen it. What we do know is that it’s just as awful as the House Bill and will kick millions of people off of their insurance plans and make it harder for many to get and afford insurance. It is expected to be sent to get it’s CBO score any day now, which takes about two weeks. The Senate is trying it’s best to get a vote before they close for recess on July 4th, all while not allowing any hearings on it. At all.

Today we are totally ripping off the advice from our crush and former Obama speechwriter, Jon Favreau. On his podcast “Pod Save America” he suggested that we call the health care staffers of Republican Senators who are moderate republicans and might vote no. You can find the list on his twitter feed. Give your heartfelt appeal for them to vote no and ask them if they know what they bill is even about. Jon also wants you to go even further though and to call your own Senator, even if they are a democrat, and ask them what they are going to do to stop this bill. Obviously they are voting no, but what else? Are they going to filibuster? Stop Senate business? There’s a lot more they can do besides just voting no and it is imperative that this bill is stopped. You can find your Senator here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ .

Trumpcare is one of the many things that 45 is pushing to try to erase everything Obama did. He’s a petty man, with a petty grudge, and unfortunately his grudge could kill people. Call your senators and demand they stop this bill and let you know how they plan to do so.

 

 

13 is an Unlucky Number

Your DGB for today is to contact Senator Mitch McConnell and demand they add some women to the group of 13 men who are drafting the Senate’s version of the new AHCA bill.

Senate Republicans are showing their misogyny by forming a group of 13 men to draft the new AHCA bill. Not a single woman is in the group, despite the fact that women make up half of this nation’s population and the AHCA bill will directly affect them, oftentimes more than men since the simple fact that you are a women typically tosses you into the pre-existing condition category.

The group is lead by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, so we are asking you to contact him and demand female representation. His nickname is Turtle, so don’t be surprised if he hides in his shell when you try to call him out. You can find his different office locations and phone numbers on his page, as well as a contact form, if you choose to email him. You can also tweet him @SenateMajLdr. We suggest using the DGB hashtag #McConnellingHealthCare. Want to go even further? Contact a female senator from your state or a neighboring state and ask them to demand they be added to the group drafting the AHCA bill. Women make up 50% of the nation’s population, why aren’t women represented by those writing laws that affect our health?

 

Congressional Shaming

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.

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.