June 23, 2017 The Call – #Trumpcare #AHCA Senate Republicans finally showed their draft bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and it is even more damaging than the House version of the AHCA. Former President Obama said the bill is not a healthcare bill, but rather a “massive transfer of wealth from middle class and poor families” to the rich. The bill slashes Medicaid, which covers many of the disabled and poor, even more than the House legislation. Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood is eliminated. Middle class Americans in their 50’s or 60’s would have much higher premiums. Although the language of the Senate bill says people with pre-existing conditions must be covered and cannot be charged more, Senator Chris Murphy explains a sneaky way the bill allows states to totally gut that provision, leaving people with pre-existing conditions unable to afford insurance. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provided a summary chart of the harmful impacts of the Senate’s bill. For a wonkier summary, Senator Bob Casey laid out how the Senate bill guts health care coverage, with screenshots of the relevant language. Democrats should be urged to use every tactic to defeat the AHCA, including a vote-a-rama of amendments (you can submit your own amendment.) 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 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/use the Vote-A-Rama to stop approval of Trumpcare. Tell Republican senators that a 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 AHCA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
[Democrat senators] Trumpcare/AHCA gives the rich a tax break and is a potential death sentence for the poor and disabled. Stall Senate business to prevent its passage. Use the Vote-A-Rama to stop the bill if necessary.
[Republican senators] The draft AHCA is a tax cut for the rich that fails to protect the American people including the poor, the disabled and people with pre-existing conditions.
[Republican senators] Any plan that benefits the wealthy while leaving sick or vulnerable people without insurance is wrong for the American people.