July 14, 2017 The Call – #ProtectOurCare #KilltheBill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the revised Trumpcare bill on Thursday and it was as bad as anticipated. McConnell’s new bill replaces some tax cuts with others, provides a little more premium support and adds some opioid funding. However, it keeps big Medicaid cuts and high premiums for older people and is much worse for people with pre-existing conditions. The bill includes the “Cruz Amendment,” which would have a devastating impact on people with pre-existing conditions by allowing skimpy plans without the 10 Essential Benefits, exposing the less healthy to extremely high premiums. In an indication of how bad the Cruz Amendment is, the bill exempts Congress from it. The bill still slashes Medicaid and the Washington Post fact checker rated McConnell’s claim that no one currently on Medicaid would lose it as a 3 Pinocchio lie. Hospitals, doctors, nurses, AARP, patient advocate groups and virtually all disease advocacy groups strongly oppose Trumpcare. The vote planned next week will be very close and McConnell continues to cut special deals to bring moderates on board. Democrats have made clear they are willing to work with Republicans on a bipartisan fix to Obamacare if Trumpcare is defeated. Democrats are also making plans to exploit Senate rules to the maximum to challenge provisions of the bill and defeat Trumpcare. Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the BCRA. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. A high volume of calls is needed to kill the AHCA and get on with the business of fixing Obamacare. Your Action
Call both your senators and tell Democratic senators to stop Senate business if necessary to block the bill. Tell Republican senators that any bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is wrong for the country. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
[IMPORTANT] Describe how the BCRA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
[Democrat senators] Trumpcare/BCRA gives the rich a tax break and is a potential death sentence for the poor and disabled. Please use every tactic available to defeat the bill.
[Republican senators] Any bill that cuts taxes for the rich and fails to protect the American people including the poor, the disabled and people with pre-existing conditions is wrong for the American people.