June 18, 2017 The Call – #Trumpcare #ShowUsTheBill #NoHearingNoVote #HoldTheFloor 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, with only one day in which the Senate sees it before voting. While the bill is being hidden from Democrats, most Republicans and the public, donors and lobbyists are getting updates on the bill’s progress. Senator Chris Murphy 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. This week is critical for stopping the Republicans from giving a tax cut to the wealthy by gutting healthcare for everyone else. Democrats plan to #HoldTheFloor Monday night to draw attention to the secrecy surrounding the bill. Democrats should be urged to use every option available to defeat the bill, including a vote-a-rama, to stall the legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 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/use the Vote-A-Rama tactic 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. Use the Vote-A-Rama to stop the bill if there are no hearings.
[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.