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Fight Trumpcare, July 14: Nuke It From Orbit. It’s the Only Way to Be Sure

UPDATE July 14: We’re getting there, folks. The newest version of the Trumpcare bill was released yesterday. It’s still a raging dumpster fire. Here are some of its most charming (imagine sarcasm font here) features.

It includes a clause that exempts the senators’ own Congressional health care plan from the ravages of Trumpcare. See this Vox piece:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/13/15966034/senate-republicans-exemption

And still more shens, this time to do with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score. The Republican powers that be may have Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Management and Budget–two organizations that are not sworn to nonpartisanship, btw–assess the effects of Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s controversial amendment to the bill, which would allow health insurance companies to offer plans that don’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements provided that they offer at least one plan that does.

See this piece from The Hill for more:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/341904-senate-gop-may-not-use-cbo-to-score-cruz-amendment

 

Here’s your anti-Trumpcare call to action. Sing along if you know the words.

Call your senators.

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.

Have you already asked every last one of your friends to call their Senators? Ask them to call them again.

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.

Not following Topher Spiro on Twitter? He’s all over Trumpcare and will have news first. See his tweets here:

@TopherSpiro

Another good person to follow is Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act under Obama. His Twitter handle is:

@ASlavitt