UPDATE July 25: Sarah Jane here. Must make this short as I am, ironically enough, ill.
The vote happens today on whatever-it-is. McConnell has rousted McCain from his sickbed and gotten him back to Washington.
Nothing happens until about 2 pm EST.
If you haven’t called your senators yet, now is the time. If you haven’t urged your friends to call, now is the time. Get it done before 2 pm EST.
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:
Another good person to follow is Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act under Obama. His Twitter handle is:
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:
And to repeat the close from yesterday: 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.