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Defend Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act)

Important: As of April 30, the House GOP is allegedly close to having enough votes to pass  their terrible health care bill. Please call to support Obamacare and in particular, encourage friends in red states to call their House reps to oppose the bill.

Beating this drum again because the GOP is at it yet again, and we need to push back against it. If you haven’t called to voice your support for Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (ACA), please do. Even if you have, please step up again and make it clear that you want to fix Obamacare, not repeal and replace it. This is extra-important if your rep is a Republican.

This action targets your Congressional delegation–both senators and your house rep. Call and express your support for Obamacare, which is also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

To the Democrats, say that you support them telling the Republicans that the Dems will help the GOP address the flaws in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) if and only if they drop their interest in repealing and replacing the law.

Also tell them that if the GOP refuses to let go of ‘repeal and replace’, you want the Dems to step back and let the GOP own the consequences.

To the Republican reps: Tell them that you want the GOP to help fix the ACA, and drop  ‘repeal and replace.’ Tell them that if they vote for ‘repeal and replace,’ you will vote for their opponent the next time they’re up for re-election.

Bonus: Will you be directly affected if the ACA is repealed? Take some time thinking through the facts of your situation, compose them into a short story–three to five sentences–and tell your short story to your reps when you make your calls.

Examples:

My college-age child has a chronic illness (name it if you have your child’s permission and you’re comfortable doing so). Without the ACA’s provision that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26, my child could not have gone to college.

I have a pre-existing condition (say what it is if you are comfortable doing so). Before the ACA became law, I could not get insurance at all (or you were quoted a four-figure monthly sum, or whatever the obstacle was–tell them what you experienced). Without it, I will be uninsured again.

The ACA made it possible for me to leave my job and start my own company. If the ACA goes away, I will have to close my company and seek work with a company that can offer me health insurance benefits.

If you are comfortable letting your reps use your ACA story, tell them so, and give them the information they need to do so.