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Fight Trumpcare/Defend the ACA July 27: Yep, Keep Fighting

UPDATE July 27: First, apologies that yesterday’s update evidently did not post as planned. The basic message is the same as it has been for the last few days: Keep contacting your senators, and keep urging your friends across the country to contact theirs.

To recap: The GOP’s choices have narrowed to something called ‘skinny repeal’, which is being described as a Trojan horse device to get the bill back to the House where its reps can go back behind closed doors and load it with still more bad stuff.

The American Medical Association has come out against it, as has Blue Cross Blue Shield. Ten governors have signed a bipartisan letter decrying skinny repeal as well. See the Twitter feeds of Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) and Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) and scroll back to July 26 to find them.

The CBO has scored the skinny repeal bill. It would throw 16 million people off their health insurance and raise premiums by 20 percent. See this Vox piece for more:

https://www.vox.com/2017/7/26/16047698/cbo-report-skinny-repeal

And the Trump administration is playing hardball with Lisa Murkowski and her Alaska colleagues, having the Secretary of the Interior call and threaten consequences for her state over her votes:

https://www.adn.com/politics/2017/07/26/trump-administration-signals-that-murkowskis-health-care-vote-could-have-energy-repercussions-for-alaska/

She could use some postcards thanking her for staying strong. One of her office addresses is below. Whether you live in Alaska or not, make sure you put your full address on your thank-you postcard:

Senator Lisa Murkowski

510 L Street

Suite 600

Anchorage, AK 99501

 

Protests will definitely happen today. Follow Ben Wikler (@benwikler) and Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) for news on when and where they’ll take place.

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut has been absolutely fierce on Twitter, calling things out left and right. His handle is @ChrisMurphyCT. Key tweet from July 26:

Years from now, you’ll regret staying quiet today because you were “too busy”. Call a Senator. Show up at their offices. It’s go time – NOW.

 

Sing along if you know the words (note that there are minor tweaks and updates in the language below):

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

Point out that ten state governors signed a bipartisan letter decrying the skinny repeal option. Point out that Blue Cross Blue Shield and the AMA have come out against it. Point out that the CBO score forecasts that 16 million will lose their coverage and insurance premiums will rise by 20 percent.

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. He continues to heap scorn on Sessions via Twitter. If this is how he treats one of his earliest, most loyal supporters, how will he act if the bill passes and chaos and death ensues? You think he won’t hesitate to throw Congress and the GOP Senate under the bus? You have another think coming.

 

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

 

And to repeat the closing paragraphs from previous days: 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 new or updated post per day 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.