July 25, 2017 The Call – #SaveACA #ProtectOurCare #SaveMedicaid On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote on a motion to proceed starting at 2:30pm ET Tuesday afternoon, with a healthcare bill that may be a straight repeal or may be a plan no one has yet seen. As Ben Wikler explains, if the motion fails, Trumpcare is dead. If it succeeds, it will kick off 20 hours of debate and amendments to the mystery bill followed by a Senate vote and then a House vote which is almost certain to succeed. The bill could be law by the end of the week. The vote is so close that McConnell has pressured Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to fly in despite his recent brain surgery. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) explains the absurdity of being less than 48 hours from voting on a “Frankenstein monster” bill without knowing what the bill is, the costs, whether the Cruz amendment is in or out, whether there will be a CBO score, whether the bill meets parliamentarian rules or whether there are slush funds to buy votes. About the only certainty is that it will cut taxes for the wealthy and slash Medicaid. It’s important to keep in mind the millions of real Americans who depend on the ACA and Medicaid for their health care and often their lives. Many of their stories are profiled here, here and here. Democrats should be urged to use every possible tactic to defeat the ACA repeal. Republicans need to be told that any plan that benefits the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is unacceptable. It is time for them to work with Democrats for a bipartisan fix to improve the ACA. A high volume of calls is needed to quickly squash the repeal of the ACA. Your Action Call both your senators and tell Democratic senators to use every tactic available to defeat the motion. Voting on massive reform to a sixth of our economy and affecting the lives of all Americans without hearings is absurd. Any bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy and leaves sick and vulnerable Americans without insurance is wrong for the country. If you live in DC, West Virginia, Nevada or Alaska, please see Ben Wikler’s thread for possible additional actions. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
[IMPORTANT] Describe how the repeal of the ACA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
[Democrat senators] Repeal of the ACA or a replacement anything like the ones we’ve seen is a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. Please use every tactic available to defeat the bill.
[Republican senators] It is absurd to vote on a repeal of the ACA or a replacement that affects a sixth of the US economy and the lives of all Americans without hearings.
[Republican senators] Repeal alone or with a replacement anything like the ones we’ve seen is a tax cut for the wealthy and a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. It is wrong for America and its values.