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Defend ACA, September 18 Update

Call your senators and tell them to oppose Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson and to favor the bipartisan ACA stabilization efforts. Go to Town Hall events held by your House rep and tell them to defend the ACA.

We all worked together to kill Trumpcare earlier this year. We also warned you this was the Bill That Wouldn’t Die, and it wouldn’t be truly dead, at least for calendar 2017, until September 30.

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are now pushing a terrible health care bill. They have convinced fellow senators Dean Heller and Ron Johnson to sign on.

It’s a dumpster fire. It’d leave millions without insurance. It stops the Medicaid expansion. It converts exchange subsidies to block grants. It… do we need to go on? It’d be a catastrophe. We’d be worse off than we were before the ACA.

We have to fight back again. We at OTYCD have cleared the decks for the week and are doing new posts just on this issue until we get credible word that we’re all out of danger. That means we might end up preparing “defend ACA” posts almost every day until Sept 30. If that’s what’s needed, well, so be it.

We did it before. We can do it again, and we will do it again.

First off–if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Second, if any of these Republican senators represent you:

 

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

Jeff Flake, Arizona

John McCain, Arizona

Rob Portman, Ohio

Dean Heller, Nevada

Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

Susan Collins, Maine

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Cory Gardner, Colorado

Jerry Moran, Kansas

Tom Cotton, Arkansas

Joni Ernst, Iowa

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Mike Rounds, North Dakota

John Kennedy, Louisiana

John Hoeven, North Dakota

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

 

…Then it is extra-important that you call and tell them you want them to oppose Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson.

It is also important that you approach friends, especially those who live in red states, and ask them to call their senators, too. Every day, if need be. Pulling in friends and family who live elsewhere helped us kill this shitty bill before; it should help us kill this one, too.

If you’re calling John McCain, also thank him for his previous vote that killed the AHCA, and wish him well on recovering from brain cancer.

If you’re calling Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski, also thank them for standing firm against the AHCA earlier in the year.

If you’re calling Dean Heller or Ron Johnson, tell them you are disappointed they signed on to Cassidy and Graham’s bill, and ask them to oppose it.

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

Or use this sample script: “Dear (Senator Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson health care bill and to support bipartisan efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act instead. The latest Republican health care bill would have the same terrible effects as the AHCA–it’d leave more than 32 million without coverage over 10 years, and it would cripple Medicaid. Working on shoring up the ACA is the better move for everyone. Please do that instead. Know also that I am paying attention to what you will do and it will influence my vote the next time you run for re-election. Thank you for listening.”

 

As for your House rep–the House of Representatives is in recess until September 25, which means he or she is back in your area. You need to go to whatever meet-the-public meetings they’re having and make it damn clear you expect them to oppose any efforts to kill the ACA.

Check your House rep’s website and social media accounts for word of town halls, meet-and-greets, and similar events. If he or she is not holding any such events, get your local activist group to see about showing up to protest some other event on the recess schedule, or maybe showing up at the rep’s office.

You can also check the Town Hall Project Twitter feed for word of events coming up in your area during the House recess:

@townhallproject

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b