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Fight Trumpcare, July 12 Edition: Two Birds With One Stone

UPDATE July 12: Good news. Mitch McConnell says the GOP Senate has gotten so little done so far that he’s postponing the start of the August recess to August 7:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/mcconnell-delays-august-recess-to-complete-work-on-health-care-bill-other-issues/2017/07/11/1d90e3d2-6647-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.6d13b8de21d4

Your pressure played a huge role in frustrating McConnell. The bad news is that Trumpcare could now eat all of July and into August, assuming McConnell can’t get enough GOP senators to vote for the new version of the bill that appears tomorrow, with the CBO score to follow Monday.

Key passages from the Washington Post story:

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would cut the chamber’s August recess in half, saying the GOP needed more time to achieve its legislative goals given the protracted negotiations over health-care legislation and continued opposition from Democrats on several fronts.

“To provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement.

In addition to health care and appointments, the Senate will also devote time to passing a defense authorization bill “and other important issues,” McConnell said. The Senate will now remain at work through the week of Aug. 7.”

 

More good news: Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) just shared a Bloomberg News story that indicates that a bipartisan ‘Plan B’ to Trumpcare is becoming more and more likely:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-12/senators-explore-bipartisan-plan-b-to-troubled-gop-health-bill

Key passages:

“Talks about a bipartisan fallback are based on the idea that Obamacare insurance markets have problems and would need to be fixed if the health-care bill dies. For Democrats, it would avert a repeal of a signature achievement that they admit needs improvement. For some GOP moderates, it would be a concrete act that would help their constituents amid a maelstrom of partisan bickering.

The main ideas involve creating a reinsurance fund and authorizing cost-sharing payments for insurers so they don’t have to raise prices for covering a sicker pool of customers.

“We don’t agree with Obamacare, but recognize the fact that these markets are collapsing; insurance companies need it to provide the certainty of how they’re going to price the 2018 premiums,” said Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican.

Congress should “bite the bullet and stabilize those markets,” Johnson said. There is substantial Republican support for that idea — the original McConnell health-care bill included $50 billion in insurer funds to stabilize markets and reduce premiums.”

 

But! Alexandra Erin, who you should be following on Twitter (@alexandraerin), did us all a favor by connecting the dots between Trumpcare resistance, the Donald Trump Jr. email revelations about colluding with Russia, and resisting the Trump administration. See these selected tweets of hers from July 11:

 

One of the biggest revelations of 2017 politically has been the extent to which Congress really is the people’s lever on government.

But the people mobilized have tremendous power to affect Congress, which can influence the rest of the government.

So that’s what we do with the emerging details about the Trumps’ collusion, and with our suspicions about cracks in the regime: resist more.

Our action item for what to do about this, about all of this, is: stop the healthcare repeal.

If you follow me, you probably already know what the next tweet is going to say.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of civic participation.

Do not let up. Do not let up for an instant. Harry, hector, and hound them on healthcare.

A stunning loss on the healthcare repeal while his family and office are in turmoil will speed up the end of the Trump regime.

We shut down the healthcare push now, we show the GOP that he’s not worth the trouble he’s making for them.

And that’s how we win.

 

There you have it. Fighting Trumpcare every day until it’s dead isn’t just fighting Trumpcare–you are fighting the Trump administration itself, and shortening its lifespan.

Call your senators. Yes, call them if you’ve called before. Call them even if you’ve called them every day since November 9, 2016. Keep the pressure up. Keep urging your friends across the country to call, too. Look at the list of senators below. Do any friends of yours live in those senators’ states? Get in touch with those friends first and get them to act.

If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the AHCA.

If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call and make it damn clear that you are against the AHCA and you will vote for their opponents come reelection time.

 

It’s especially important to call if any of these people are your senators:

Susan Collins of Maine

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Rob Portman of Ohio

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Dean Heller of Nevada

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Jeff Flake of Arizona (but wish him condolences–his father died June 26)

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Bob Corker of Tennessee

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Richard Shelby of Alabama

Luther Strange of Alabama

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

See https://trumpcaretoolkit.org for phone numbers and tweetable statistics about health care coverage loss in these senators’ states.