June 16, 2017 The Call – #Trumpcare #ShowUsTheBill #NoHearingNoVote The Senate is submitting its version of Trumpcare (also known as AHCA) to the CBO this week without showing it to the public, Senate Democrats or even most Senate Republicans. Not even HHS Secretary Tom Price, whose department would implement it, has seen the bill. While very few know what is in the Senate bill, the bill the House passed would result in over 20 million additional uninsured, permit skyrocketing premiums for pre-existing conditions and allow lifetime and annual caps that would often make insurance useless when needed the most. It would also gut Medicaid with devastating impacts on children, the disabled and the poor. Senate Republicans, eager to avoid the scrutiny of the House bill, plan to push Trumpcare through without any hearings or amendments in late June, with only one day in which the Senate sees it before voting. In an apparent further bid to avoid reporters questions, on Tuesday Republicans abruptly banned TV news cameras in Capitol halls (although they backed off after public outcry). Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) angrily blasted Republicans as they left Democrats sitting alone in committee, for secretly taking healthcare away from 23 million people to provide tax breaks to the rich. The next week is critical for stopping the Republicans from giving a tax cut to the wealthy be gutting health care for everyone else. Democrats may try the extraordinary tactic of a vote-a-rama to stall the legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is imploring people that now is the critical time to stop Trumpcare. A high volume of calls is needed to kill Trumpcare and get on with the business of fixing the ACA. Your Action Call both your senators and tell Democratic senators to stop Senate business until there are hearings on Trumpcare/AHCA. Tell Republican senators healthcare it is too important to pass without hearings to make sure the American people are protected. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
[IMPORTANT] Describe how the AHCA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
[Democrat senators] It isn’t acceptable to pass Trumpcare/AHCA without hearings. Stall Senate business until hearings are scheduled.
[Republican senators] It isn’t acceptable to pass Trumpcare/AHCA without hearings. Healthcare is too important to pass without hearings to make sure the American people including the poor, the disabled and people with pre-existing conditions will be protected.
[Republican senators] Any plan that benefits the wealthy while leaving sick or vulnerable people without insurance is wrong for the American people.