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Fight Trumpcare, September 26 Update

Call your senators and tell them to oppose Trumpcare. Go to Town Hall events held by your House rep and tell them to defend the Affordable Care Act. Keep the pressure up until September 30, and recruit friends and family to pressure their senators, too. 

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score came down on Monday, and Republican Senator Susan Collins came out soon after as a no on Trumpcare 3.1 (it’s 3.1 because it was being rewritten ahead of the Monday 2 pm EST Senate hearings; the CBO score released on September 25 relates to Trumpcare 3.0):–home-of-two-holdout-senators/2017/09/25/24697f62-a188-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.d36abed4a44d


Yes, absolutely, send your thanks to Senator Collins.

If you’re outside of Maine, mail thank-you postcards to:

Senator Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

If you live in Maine–and only if you live in Maine!–call 207.622.8414


Collins’s statement was the cause of much rejoicing, and mainstream media assumptions that Trumpcare 3.1 was dead. Some outlets used wiggle words like ‘evidently’ or ‘appears to’ kill Trumpcare 3.1, but still. We know better.

We need three GOP Senators to vote no to kill this thing. Collins’s announcement raised the number of ‘no’s to three. Hence the rejoicing.

But one of the three is Rand Paul, who disdains Trumpcare 3.1 because it doesn’t go far enough. A fourth ‘no’ who no sane person is counting is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He’s a dick, and he’s on the same bench with Paul, and did we mention that he’s a dick? Both men have made statements about hoping to repeal Obamacare. As far as we at OTYCD are concerned, Paul and Cruz are soft ‘no’s.

Murkowski is still studying the matter. Collins’s statement has not prompted her to make a statement. For all we know, maybe she’s decorously staying quiet until the Alabama Republican primary is over some time tomorrow night.

Even if Murkowski, Collins, Capito, and a bundle of others came out as no votes, we’d be telling you to keep the pressure up until the stroke of midnight on Saturday, September 30. That’s when the clock runs down on the Republicans’ chances to pass an Obamacare-killing bill with fewer than 60 votes in the Senate.

Even if that September 30 deadline passes and Trumpcare does not, Trumpcare is only dead for a set span of time, and not forever. We at OTYCD are still trying to get an answer about whether it’d only be dead for the 2017 calendar year, or dead through January 3, 2019, when the 115th Congress expires. We’ll update accordingly once we know.

We did see this disturbing story from Politico float across our tweet-stream. Evidently, the Republicans could decide that September 30 isn’t the end of things:

…all the more reason to keep the pressure up nowrightnow until Saturday, in our collective opinion. Gather as many no votes as we can. Make the failure bold and bright, for all to see. Scare them off of even thinking of pulling this shit again.


Oh! We should also tell you about how the Monday afternoon Senate hearing went. Protesters from National Adapt owned it. Just owned it. If those folks are not your new heroes, you don’t know what heroes are.

Dozens of them came ready to be hauled out and arrested, and they were. It was powerful and shocking to witness. If you want to get a notion of how powerful and shocking it was to witness, pull up journalist Matt Fuller’s (@MEPFuller) and Jeff Stein’s (@JStein_Vox) tweets from September 25, 2017.


The ADAPT folks literally put their bodies on the line to stop Trumpcare. They did it in the summer and they did it again on September 25.

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST they’d collected $59,000 against a goal of $80,000.


Now, know this–We at OTYCD are tired of having to call our Senators every goddamn day to beg them to vote against Fucking Zombie Trumpcare. And we’re tired of reshuffling the post queue to make room for more Fight Fucking Zombie Trumpcare posts. (And we’re embarrassed, too, because we haven’t yet devoted a new post to how to help Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s havoc because Fucking Zombie Trumpcare is sucking up all our new post-oxygen. We have tweeted our One America Appeal story at George H. W. Bush and other ex-presidents, asking them to widen its scope to include Puerto Rico, but that’s it.)

Happy digression: Around 6 pm EST or so, One America Appeal officially expanded to cover Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico. See our original post on the launch of the charity, which originally just covered Hurricane Harvey and Texas:



…back to the larger point. This is work. This is stressful. This is definitely not normal. The Trump administration itself is devolving into a goddamn pre-existing condition. And as noted above, the Republicans might not let September 30 be the actual deadline for Fucking Zombie Trumpcare.

We’re going to ask you to remember this bullshit. Staying on high civic alert and calling every goddamn day is how we fight Fucking Zombie Trumpcare now.

But the way to make this stop–really stop–is to vote out these asshole Republicans who are making us beg for our lives every couple of months. 

Voting out these asshole Republicans means you have to do more than show up and vote when the time comes. You have to reach out to other people who know you and trust you and convince them to vote, too. You’re going to want to start reaching out now, right now, in September 2017, so the pro-voting groundwork is well and firmly in place by the time the midterms come.

For more on this, read our past post, Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them:

Prepping to vote out these asshole Republicans also means taking breaks from your activism, and not just catch-as-catch-can breaks. Figure out what helps you recharge, figure out how often you can do that happy recharging thing in a week, schedule it, and stick to it. Come hell or high water or wolves at the door, stick to it. Claim your time, or reclaim it, as the case may be.

Right now we at OTYCD are asking you to do something sorta like running flat-out for days on end, but we’re only doing that because we know we can all rest, at least briefly, on October 1. No one can do the protest/activist equivalent of running flat-out for days on end, and no one should–that’s a recipe for burnout. Please manage yourself to avoid burnout. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

If you need more, or need a refresher, read the OTYCD post, Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.


And… sing along if you know the words…

The answer, as always, is:


Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

Ask your friends and family to call their own senators every day, too.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.whatever is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

It’s extra-important to call if your senators are any of the following:

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

John McCain, Arizona

Rob Portman, Ohio

Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

Susan Collins, Maine

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Cory Gardner, Colorado

Joni Ernst, Iowa

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Mike Rounds, North Dakota

John Kennedy, Louisiana

John Hoeven, North Dakota

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin


It’s extra-important that you NOT call them if you’re not their constituents. Leave the lines free for those who actually live in those states, please.

It’s also important that you call this what it is: Trumpcare. Don’t call it Cassidy-Graham anymore. That title is too anodyne. Call it Trumpcare. Then people will understand. That will get your friends and family fired up. Tell them you need their help to stop Trumpcare. Again.


Material from previous posts, including a sample calling script, follows:
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.

Also, 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:






Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:


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, aka Trumpcare 3.0, and to support reviving 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. And it looks like you’ll be forced to vote on it without a CBO score, which is irresponsible. Restarting the talks to shore 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–yes, call. Acknowledge that Zombie Trumpcare is in the Senate. Express a wish that it never leaves. Ask your House Rep to stand ready to kill it if it escapes the Senate and lumbers back toward their chamber. Before you call, check your House rep’s website and social media accounts and see what, if anything, they’ve said about the bill. Thank or berate them accordingly.



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


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