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Fight Trumpcare/Defend the ACA July 24: Protests, Updates, and Keeping the Pressure ON

 

UPDATE July 24: First, repeating news that broke Friday. MoveOn.org is planning an Emergency Die-In to Stop Trumpcare in Washington, D.C., for today between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm on the northeast lawn, across from the Supreme Court.

Even if you can’t go, clicking the ‘interested’ button helps the cause, as does reposting, retweeting, and generally spreading the word.

See the Facebook post about Monday’s protest here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1379750112120755/

 

The big news that broke late on Friday was the report from the Senate parlimentarian, who reviewed the bill and identified aspects that would require at least 60 votes to pass (remember, the Republicans do not have 60 votes).

Here’s a piece from The Hill on what the parlimentarian said and what it means for the GOP:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/343234-parliamentarian-deals-setback-to-gop-healthcare-bill

 

Here also are Topher Spiro’s (@TopherSpiro) reactions to the parlimentarian’s report:

JUST IN: Parliamentarian rules Dems can strike abortion restrictions and defunding Planned Parenthood from the bill

Dems can also strike the replacement for the individual mandate. Insurers will go ballistic. The Buffalo Bribe is also toast.

Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mark Meadows will have to vote for a bill that funds abortions and Planned Parenthood

Also stricken: cost-sharing reductions. Now their bill will look like even more of a disaster.

Bottom line: the Senate bill is now Swiss cheese. Dems have punched big holes in it that matter both politically and substantively.

 

Here also are Twitter reactions from Celeste of It’s Time to Fight (@celeste_pewter):

Going to delete my previous tweet and say, I am cautiously optimistic the parliamentarian’s ruling means the death of the healthcare bill.

(Yeesh. It took me three tries to type that correctly, since I’m so overjoyed by the parliamentarian ruling.)

It’s hard to get around the fact the bill violates the Byrd rule. W/ that being said, it is the zombie bill. So be prepared for resurgence.

Be optimistic this is the end for now, but also be ready to fight in whatever form McConnell might try to revive this… again.

Also, it should be clear: this ruling means that the bill now needs 60 votes. That’s why there are many cautiously optimistic it’s dead.

But, just reminded me it is also theoretically possible for Pence to interpret Senate rules, and overrule the parliamentarian.

So again: be optimistic, but also be prepared for resurgence. If Pence does try and do that, then we have to protest like hell.

 

We at OTYCD have not yet heard anything about a move by Pence to overrule the parliamentarian, FWIW. But the GOP leadership have suffered such a psychic wound from the troubles with moving this bill along, they won’t give up easily. This is a thing that could happen, and Celeste is right–be ready to protest if that happens.

The vote on the motion to proceed will happen Tuesday. It is still not clear what, exactly, the senators will be voting on.

 

Other key tweets sent over the weekend:

From Topher Spiro:

ALERT: We’re hearing from Republican sources that calls into Capito and Murkowski recently swung from anti-repeal to pro-repeal.

(We are bolding those words to make clear that the senators haven’t flipped, just the calls have.)

 

Senator John McCain said:

I remain firmly behind & will support whatever healthcare plan he believes is best for the people of

 

Topher Spiro notes why McCain’s statement is important:

This is big: Gov. Ducey opposes the 3-year phaseout of Medicaid expansion and the extreme cap on Medicaid funding.

 

He also retweeted Christopher D. Long (@octonion) commenting on an odd passage from that notoriously odd New York Times interview with Trump, in which the president seems to confuse health insurance with life insurance:

Why does Trump think health insurance costs $12/year? Because Gerber advertises life insurance for babies on Fox News for about that price.

 

For the sake of it, here’s a link to the transcript of the interview and some articles that dissect it and react to it:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/20/trumps-deeply-worrisome-new-york-times-interview-reveals-a-lawless-president/?utm_term=.db3a9c86bb17

 

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/07/a_breakdown_of_the_latest_new_york_times_trump_interview.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/politics/trump-new-york-times-interview/index.html

 

Topher Spiro is also asking us to man the phones like our lives depend on it:

It’s an act of patriotism. And we have no time to lose. I’m begging you–we need an *overwhelming* final push.

 

If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the BCRA for the last few weeks, and urge them to fight repeal and replace and defend the ACA.

If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call. Make it damn clear that you want them to FIX the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace, and if they do the latter, you will vote for their opponents come reelection time. If you can carry out the threat, tell them you will donate to their opponents and campaign to get them elected.

If you are medically vulnerable, or your loved ones are and you have permission to share their stories, do it.

You might also want to point out that Trump is loyal only to himself. He’s thrown their former Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions, under the bus in the most publicly humiliating way possible in the same bizarre New York Times interview in which he confuses health insurance with life insurance.

Point out that virtually no American governor supports the bill.

Point out to your Republican senators that if they pass this bill, people will suffer, and children will die. When that happens, Trump will be shocked, shocked, I tell you, and he won’t hesitate to throw the GOP Congress under the bus. Heck, he will probably make a big show of it.

 

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

 

Also, follow these folks on Twitter. They will have news first:

Topher Spiro is 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

 

Lastly, Ben Wikler, Washington, D.C. director at MoveOn, is all over the anti-Trumpcare protests. He’ll know what’s happening first. Follow him here:

@benwikler

 

Now the final bit for today. Other stuff is going on. That seems to be the hallmark of the Trump administration–other stuff is always going on. We at OTYCD feel it is important to stick with the notion of just giving you one thing you can do, in the form of a new blog post, and we also feel that fighting Trumpcare/defending the ACA is the single most important thing you can do for the near future.

If you can only focus on one thing right now, save your energy for the health care fight.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do other things. If you want to do more and you’re capable of it, please do. The aforementioned Celeste (@Celeste_Pewter) is an excellent place to look next if you’re ready and eager to do something else. So is Rogan’s List: https://roganslist.blogspot.com.

But in order to stay true to our One Thing You Can Do mandate, we will continue to routinely give you one thing you can do unless we have time-sensitive posts that will expire otherwise, or previous commitments, or the news goes so stupid crazy insane, like it did last Friday when word got out about Trump making noises about firing Mueller and learning about his pardon powers.