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Say You’re a Health Care Voter

Sick of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid? Step up and declare you are a Health Care Voter.

 

We at OTYCD spent a good chunk of 2017 rallying you to call your MoCs and urge them to fight Trumpcare, Trumpcare 2.0, Trumpcare 3.whatever, and the GOP tax bill, which contained provisions that weaken the ACA.

 

We also encouraged you to urge your MoCs to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which the GOP-controlled Congress allowed to lapse for months.

 

And we have asked you to remain alert to attacks on Medicare and Medicaid, which might come this year at the behest of GOP ghouls who will demand cuts to social programs now that they voted to add $1.5 million to the deficit by giving the most wealthy people and corporations a huge, entirely unnecessary tax cut.

 

The Health Care Voter campaign is a project co-chaired by Alyssa Milano, Topher Spiro, and others. It is an effort to encourage more than 1 million people to take the Health Care Voter pledge and promote the idea to friends and family in person and on social media.

 

In general, Health Care Voters fight against attacks on the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and other government-funded programs and services that help the sick and help keep us all healthy.

 

Health Care Voters believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and they pledge to vote their values by supporting candidates who defend these programs and voting out those who don’t.

 

 

See the Health Care Voter website and take the Health Care Voter pledge:

https://healthcarevoter.org

 

 

Read stories from committed Health Care Voters that explain why they took the pledge:

https://healthcarevoter.org/#health-care-voters-in-action

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Follow the Health Care Voter project on Twitter:

@HealthCareVoter

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/healthcarevoter

 

 

Buy Health Care Voter merch:

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Follow expert Topher Spiro, Health Care Voter co-chair, on Twitter:

@TopherSpiro

 

 

Follow actress Alyssa Milano, Health Care Voter co-chair, on Twitter:

@Alyssa_Milano

 

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Support Doctors Against Trump, Which Boosts Progressive Physicians Who Are Running for Office

Support Doctors Against Trump, an organization that endorses progressive physicians who are running for office at the federal, state, and local levels.

 

The election of Donald Trump had at least one good effect–it jolted countless numbers of people who are far, far better human beings than him to become more politically active.

 

Doctors are chief among them. Clinicians for Progressive Care (CPC) is exactly what it says it is–a group of clinicians who support progressive-minded health care.

 

That means universal access to high-quality care that’s respectfully dispensed to everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, and immigration status. It also means supporting well-designed medical research.

 

CPC endorses physician-candidates who embrace these values. To the delight of those at OTYCD, several people we’ve featured in check-out-this-candidate posts made the CPC cut, including Kyle Horton, Jason Westin, Christine Eady Mann, and Allison Galbraith.

 

 

See the CPC homepage:

https://www.cliniciansforprogressivecare.com

 

 

Donate to CPC:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jdfkjshdfjkabsdfhuiewhgriugtw78erifbsig

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@MDsAgainstTrump

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

 

Call Your Members of Congress · Uncategorized

Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 26, 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

This is one of those things that needs constant action, aka repeated calls. Hence OTYCD scrambling our schedule. Right now we’re alternating between fighting the family separation policy and its effects, and staying on this. That might change, of course. As always, keep watching, and follow the Twitter accounts recommended in the text below for breaking news.

 

Update, June 22, 2018: Last night, the House Budget Dems Twitter account (@HouseBudgetDems) tweeted:

The Republican majority just voted to pass the House Republican 2019 budget and rejected every amendment offered by Democrats. Ranking Member ’s statement:

 

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) retweeted it with this comment:

BREAKING: The House GOP just voted a budget bill out of committee that fast tracks ACA repeal and $2 TRILLION in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. We need to flood them with calls to prevent a floor vote.

 

So, you heard him. Please call your House Rep again today and oppose the GOP-written 2019 budget bill.

 

If you’re game to add a second thing to your plate, you should voice concern to all three of your MoCs about Trump’s executive order on his family separation policy.

 

It does not address the question of how to reunite more than 2,000 children who have been parted from their parents.

 

It also contravenes a standing policy that requires the government to release families after holding them for 20 days if the detention center is not also a licensed child care facility. Team Trump, in essence, wants the leeway to detain families indefinitely.

 

Read an NPR story about what the executive order does and does not do:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/622095441/trump-executive-order-on-family-separation-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do

 

 

And even though releasing migrants with GPS ankle bracelets is significantly cheaper than detaining them and has an extremely high compliance rate, too, Team Trump killed that program as of June 20, 2018.

Read a Christian Science Monitor piece on the just-ended GPS ankle bracelet program:

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/0609/ICE-shutters-helpful-family-management-program-amid-budget-cuts

 

Regardless of what Trump signed or didn’t sign, there are ominous reports that military bases are preparing to receive as many as 20,000 migrant children:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/06/21/pentagon-asked-to-make-room-for-20000-migrant-children-on-military-bases/?utm_term=.f9f8b7e24f6f

 

So, again, if you’re up for multi-tasking: Ask your House Rep to vote no on the 2019 budget bill, and ask all three MoCs to demand that Team Trump make reuniting parted migrant families its first priority, and ask the government to resurrect the GPS ankle bracelet program.

 

Original text of yesterday’s Defend the ACA post follows.

 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

Call Your Members of Congress · Uncategorized

Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 22, 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

Update, June 22, 2018: Last night, the House Budget Dems Twitter account (@HouseBudgetDems) tweeted:

The Republican majority just voted to pass the House Republican 2019 budget and rejected every amendment offered by Democrats. Ranking Member ’s statement:

 

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) retweeted it with this comment:

BREAKING: The House GOP just voted a budget bill out of committee that fast tracks ACA repeal and $2 TRILLION in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. We need to flood them with calls to prevent a floor vote.

 

So, you heard him. Please call your House Rep again today and oppose the GOP-written 2019 budget bill.

 

If you’re game to add a second thing to your plate, you should voice concern to all three of your MoCs about Trump’s executive order on his family separation policy.

 

It does not address the question of how to reunite more than 2,000 children who have been parted from their parents.

 

It also contravenes a standing policy that requires the government to release families after holding them for 20 days if the detention center is not also a licensed child care facility. Team Trump, in essence, wants the leeway to detain families indefinitely.

 

Read an NPR story about what the executive order does and does not do:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/622095441/trump-executive-order-on-family-separation-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do

 

 

And even though releasing migrants with GPS ankle bracelets is significantly cheaper than detaining them and has an extremely high compliance rate, too, Team Trump killed that program as of June 20, 2018.

Read a Christian Science Monitor piece on the just-ended GPS ankle bracelet program:

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/0609/ICE-shutters-helpful-family-management-program-amid-budget-cuts

 

Regardless of what Trump signed or didn’t sign, there are ominous reports that military bases are preparing to receive as many as 20,000 migrant children:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2018/06/21/pentagon-asked-to-make-room-for-20000-migrant-children-on-military-bases/?utm_term=.f9f8b7e24f6f

 

So, again, if you’re up for multi-tasking: Ask your House Rep to vote no on the 2019 budget bill, and ask all three MoCs to demand that Team Trump make reuniting parted migrant families its first priority, and ask the government to resurrect the GPS ankle bracelet program.

 

Original text of yesterday’s Defend the ACA post follows.

 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

Call Your Members of Congress

Call Your MoCs to Defend the Affordable Care Act, June 2018 Edition

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) again, this time from a fresh 2018 onslaught. 

 

Followers of this blog will remember how we cleared our (weekday) decks and posted only about ways to fight GOP attacks on the ACA.

 

We did this for weeks on end, at least two distinct, separate times. Both times, the GOP failed. (Thank you.)

 

But they’re not done. Despite the fierce, loud, and sustained resistance they got last year (and thank you all again for that), they’re trying again.

 

As of June 19, 2018, the House GOP put out a 2019 budget proposal that’s a toxic stew of still more tax cuts, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and yet another attempt to repeal the ACA.

 

Read this June 19, 2018 Bloomberg article on the 2019 House budget bill:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fast-track-tax-cuts-end-obamacare

 

Here also is a string of tweets by Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) raising the alarm and reacting to the bill:

 

BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.

 

Here is why it’s incredibly important to kill this right here and now. Once they obtain reconciliation authority, they can use it after the election but before new members are sworn in.

<He then quotes this paragraph from the Bloomberg story:>

While the Senate is unlikely to adopt its own budget to take up these initiatives before the November congressional election, the budget process could be used by lame-duck lawmakers after the election to ram through Republican-only legislation.

 

Here are the reconciliation instructions for fast-track authority for ACA repeal, Medicaid cuts, and Medicare privatization. The numbers are *floors* – minimum funding cuts with authority for unlimited cuts.

<He then links to the bill itself: https://budget.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BUDGET_RESOLUTION_FY2019_xml.pdf>

 

This budget bill slashes Medicare by $537 billion and Medicaid by $1.54 TRILLION

 

He ends by retweeting Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis):

A successful reconciliation effort is *very* unlikely but not impossible, especially if McCain were to resign and be replaced before November, which would allow Rs to lose 1 senator among Rand, Corker, Murkowski, Collins.

…and Spiro comments: This is correct. The threat is real. We must nip it in the bud now.

 

 

We at OTYCD suspect that Republicans are looking at the poll numbers, seeing the blue tsunami heading for them, and trying to wreck and warp and break as much of the government as possible before they’re swept out of office for what could be a damn long time.

 

Alternately, they may feel like the increasing chaos of Trump and his swirling universe of scandals–with Manafort off to jail for violating the terms of his bail, and his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on the verge of turning state’s evidence against him, and the entirely different strain of fuckery represented by his sick and immoral policy of separating immigrant parents and children at America’s borders–gives the GOP cover to try this bullshit again.

 

We have to push back. Hard, loud, forcefully, and NOW by calling our House Reps and telling them to vote against the 2019 budget bill their GOP colleagues are pushing.

 

Also, a recap: You already know about the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s abdication of duty on a goofy lawsuit against the ACA brought by 20 state attorneys general who want to kill it. Legal scholars across the spectrum agree that the lawsuit is crap, but the DOJ responded by refusing to enforce the ACA on the assumption that it’s unconstitutional and it won’t be law much longer.

 

If the DOJ stance prevails and the ACA dies, that means the protections for folks who have pre-existing conditions goes with it.

 

That would be Very Bad Indeed. A total of 52 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that make it crushingly expensive or flat-out impossible for them to obtain health insurance in a pre-ACA world.

 

If you don’t have a pre-existing condition, you know someone who does. We can’t go back to the way things used to be. We just can’t.

 

(Side note: More than 30 state attorneys general are up for re-election in 2018. Did yours join the anti-ACA lawsuit? Did yours join the counter-suit to defend the ACA? Did yours do neither? Find out and act accordingly.)

 

We already asked you to call and make it clear you oppose the DOJ’s shenanigans. Now we’re asking you to assume a defensive crouch, call your House Reps today to say NO to this bill, and be ready to start calling daily to fight this latest GOP legislative attempt to kill the ACA.

 

First, if you’re not already following these folks on Twitter:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

 

…Start following them and checking their feeds a couple of times a day. Slavitt and Spiro are strong on health care news. Pewter is on top of everything to do with Congress and legislative stuff, health care included. Wikler’s feed is more general, but makes health care a focus.

 

 

The trick to manage, going forward, is staying on multiple Dumpster fires.

 

You need to keep supporting efforts to get Team Trump to rescind its fucked-up policy of separating families at the border.

 

You’ll also need to be ready to call your MoCs, probably more than once, maybe even daily, to defend the ACA. You might need to think about going to protests and marches in defense of the ACA.

 

We at OTYCD may need to post more than one thing you can do. That could happen. We’ll try to avoid it, but if we have to go back to doing a daily to support Obamacare, we will.

 

While we get comfortable in our defensive crouch, here are some relevant articles.

 

This June 14, 2018 Washington Post piece shows that damn near every big organization to do with doctors, hospitals, and health care have filed amicus briefs against the anti-ACA lawsuit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/broad-health-care-coalition-opposes-administration-stance-in-anti-aca-lawsuit/2018/06/14/b406ad2c-700c-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html?utm_term=.8064a9d9aae7

 

 

This Paste Magazine story uses Andy Slavitt’s recent tweets as a jumping-off point to explain what would happen to people with pre-existing conditions if Congress or the courts kill the ACA, and the general fuckery that the lawsuit represents:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-biggest-healthcare-news-of-the-year-will-effec.html

 

 

This USA Today Op-Ed makes the case that going after the ACA will prompt voters to get rid of Congressfolk who don’t defend it:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/11/trump-kill-affordable-care-act-health-care-midterms-column/689085002/

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Health Care

Call Your MoCs and Make It Damn Clear You Support the ACA and the 16 State AGs (Plus the District of Columbia) Who Are Countersuing to Defend It

Call your Members of Congress and make it damn clear to all three that you support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and you support the 16 state attorneys general (plus the District of Columbia) who are countersuing to defend it. 

 

Having failed to get Congress to kill the ACA, the Trump administration is trying a ridiculous, bullshit move. On June 7, the Department of Justice stated it would not defend the law against a suit brought by 20 state attorneys general.

 

To quote from a June 7, 2018 story in the Washington Post:

In a brief filed in a Texas federal court and an accompanying letter to the House and Senate leaders of both parties, the Justice Department agrees in large part with the 20 Republican-led states that brought the suit. They contend that the ACA provision requiring most Americans to carry health insurance soon will no longer be constitutional and that, as a result, consumer insurance protections under the law will not be valid, either.

 

Full story is here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-wont-defend-aca-in-cases-brought-by-gop-states/2018/06/07/92f56e86-6a9c-11e8-9e38-24e693b38637_story.html?utm_term=.f3b0215d68fe

 

The same night, Topher Spiro, who has done consistently great work with defending the ACA, CHIP, and GOP assaults on health care, tweeted the following:

 

Trump’s Justice Department just refused to defend the ACA and asked a court to invalidate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Luckily, Democratic states have intervened and will defend the law.

 

This is an open and shut case. It is frivolous, a truly wacko claim. Texas argues that because Congress repealed the individual mandate, the pre-existing condition protections must also go. Congress obviously disagreed.

 

The judge is right-wing and unpredictable. So he could very well strike down the protections. But the circuit court would reverse.

This development is important because 1) Trump is thoroughly politicizing the DOJ and refusing to defend the law of the land and 2) this creates some degree of uncertainty that contributes to GOP sabotage.

Three respected career DOJ attorneys withdrew from the case in protest just before this brief was filed. That tells you how politicized this is. This is a political attack on the ACA and people with pre-existing conditions.

I don’t believe people should worry too much about this court case. Nothing we can do about it anyway. I believe people should worry about repeal if they keep the House. THAT we can do something about.

One thing is clear: Trump made a BIG mistake attacking pre-existing condition protections tonight. He may have awakened a sleeping giant.

Conservative constitutional law scholar (who believed the individual mandate was unconstitutional!) says this latest case is “cynical-squared” and “absurd” =>

…and he cited these two Adler tweets, one a main tweet, one a reply:

The problem with the Trump Administration’s response to the latest ACA suit is not its refusal to defend the mandate so much as its adoption of problematic (and quite cynical) approach to severability.

Then the arguments here are cynical-squared. No matter how one conceives of severability doctrine, the underlying premise here is absurd.

…Back to Topher Spiro. He cited the fact that 16 other state attorneys general, plus the District of Columbia, had filed a countersuit. And while he did state he felt people shouldn’t worry about the court case, he did recommend that folks call their MoCs:

The average number of people with pre-existing conditions is about 300,000 per congressional district. Find your district. Get the number. Hold Republicans accountable.

We agree with him. Even though he’s right, and legal scholars from across the spectrum affirm that the state AGs’ anti-ACA lawsuit is wack (scroll down for a link), we at OTYCD think it’s worth it to call your MoCs and make it completely and utterly clear that You Are Not On Board With This Shit.

Suggested script: “Hello (Senator/House Rep Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname of town, zip code). I realize this is a Department of Justice matter at the moment but I wanted to call and make it absolutely clear that I support the Affordable Care Act and I oppose any attempt to undercut it or its key provisions. The lawsuit that was brought by the 20 state attorneys general, and which the DOJ has essentially backed by refusing to enforce the law, is crap. Most legal scholars agree that it’s crap. But if the DOJ does not wise up and do the right thing, there is a chance that the suit will advance, and the protections the ACA grants to people with pre-existing conditions will be threatened.

It’s estimated that at least 52 million non-elderly Americans have pre-existing conditions. If you don’t have one, you love someone who does. We cannot go back to the bad old days when health insurers would only cover you without bankrupting you if you’d never been sick in your life, at all, ever. That would be cruel and insane. And I am putting you on notice: If any representative of mine votes to cripple or kill the ACA, I will work to throw that person out of office. Thank you for listening.”

Follow Topher Spiro on Twitter:

@TopherSpiro

Read a June 8, 2018 Vox piece in which a range of legal scholars smack down the anti-ACA lawsuit that the DOJ is rolling over for:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/8/17441512/obamacare-lawsuit-texas-trump

Read a June 8, 2018 piece from the Washington Post that claims that 52 million Americans younger than 65 have pre-existing conditions and would be hurt if the ACA is destroyed:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/06/08/aca-lawsuit-could-jeopardize-52-million-americans-access-to-health-care/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.70f79d9a202b

Read yet another June 8, 2018 piece on California AG Xavier Becerra leading a countersuit to defend the ACA:

California’s Attorney General Vows National Fight To Defend The ACA

Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Health Care · Marches and Protests

UPDATED: Tired of Protesting Trumpcare? Look at What ADAPT is Doing and Get Inspired

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

If you find your will to protest Trumpcare flagging, check out what the disability rights activists with ADAPT are doing, and get inspired all over again.

If you’ve been tracking anti-Trumpcare protests–the marches, sit-ins, and die-ins at Congressional offices, and other events–you’ve seen photos of people in wheelchairs being zip-tied and arrested. Those photos almost certainly show members of ADAPT, a disability rights group that’s been active since the 1970s. (The acronym now stands for Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today.) The photo in the header of this post shows a 1978 protest in Denver, Colorado.

ADAPT’s actions in the face of threatened Medicaid cuts in the Trumpcare bill have been nothing less than heroic. Read these links:

http://adapt.org/category/media/2017-save-medicaid-coverage/

http://adapt.org/denver-adapt-members-in-police-custody-more-than-24-hours-following-a-59-hour-sit-in/

http://www.newmobility.com/2017/06/adapt-activists-arrested-senate-health-care-protest/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/politics/protests-mitch-mcconnell-office-health-care-bill/index.html

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/6/27/15876442/healthcare-medicaid-cuts-disability-protests

http://adapt.org/time-video-shows-disability-advocates-forcibly-removed-from-senate-protest/

http://adapt.org/the-hill-43-arrested-in-obamacare-repeal-protests-at-capitol/

 

They literally put their bodies on the line to stop Trumpcare, over and over. A total of 117 activists from ADAPT were arrested while protesting the Trumpcare Senate hearing on Monday, September 25, and more were arrested Tuesday, September 26 during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility. (Updated to note that HHS leader Tom Price resigned on Friday, September 29, over spending $1 million in taxpayer money on plane charters and military flights when he could have flown commercial instead.)

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its top officials meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for the HHS comment line: 202.205.5445

 

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 on September 26 they’d collected almost $62,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

 

The ADAPT folks are doing amazing work, and they deserve your support, both during the fight against Trumpcare and beyond.

 

Visit the ADAPT webpage:

http://adapt.org

 

Find an ADAPT group near you:

http://adapt.org/getting-involved/

 

Like ADAPT on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NationalAdapt/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@NationalAdapt

 

Donate to ADAPT:

http://adapt.org/donate/

 

And here’s your daily July 2017 reminder to stay on stopping Trumpcare:

 

Call your senators. Keep the pressure up. Keep urging your friends across the country to call, too.

It’s especially important to call if any of these people are your senators:

Susan Collins of Maine

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Rob Portman of Ohio

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Dean Heller of Nevada

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Jeff Flake of Arizona (but wish him condolences–his father died June 26)

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Bob Corker of Tennessee

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Richard Shelby of Alabama

Luther Strange of Alabama

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

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

If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the AHCA.

If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call and make it damn clear that you are against the AHCA and you will vote for their opponents come reelection time.

 

 

 

 

 

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Health Care · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Fight Synthetic Repeal, The Latest GOP Attempt to Kill Obamacare, Oct 16 Update

Fight Synthetic Repeal, the latest attempt by the GOP to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Because Synthetic Repeal is basically Trojan Horse Trumpcare, we at OTYCD will be devoting posts to it every weekday until it is derailed. Subscribers will receive these as new posts though the text will at least partially earlier posts. Apologies in advance for this.

Having failed flagrantly and publicly to kill the ACA via legislation, the GOP and the Trump administration are–big surprise–turning to broader but sneakier tactics.

One gambit is to tuck Medicaid cuts in the tax bill now under discussion. We at OTYCD have devoted, and will continue to devote, separate posts to the tax reform bill.

Last week, Trump took aim at the Affordable Care Act by signing an Executive Order (EO)   that ends cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that are key to making the health care system function. He also signed a second EO that allows for cheaper plans that don’t actually offer much true coverage. These plans weaken the market by tempting healthy people to leave the insurance pool.

Read more here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-ends-cost-sharing-reduction-csr-payments-2017-10

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/12/obamacare-defenders-blast-trumps-new-executive-order-on-health-care-as-more-sabotage.html

 

Several state Attorneys General announced they would sue the federal government over the EO that ends CSRs. As of Friday October 13, a total of 17 state AGs plus Washington, D.C., had joined the suit. Read more here:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355360-15-states-sue-over-trump-halted-obamacare-payments

 

Here is a list of the states whose AGs have joined the suit as of October 13, 2017:

Kentucky

Massachusetts

Connecticut

Delaware

Maryland

Oregon

North Carolina

Illinois

New York

Vermont

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Virginia

Minnesota

New Mexico

Washington

Iowa

The District of Columbia

…is your state on this list? Then you need to call your AG and thank him or her. If it’s not, you need to call your AG and ask him or her to join the suit.

Find your state AG by plugging your address into this search engine:

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Clicking the plus sign at the right of the AG’s name will give you the person’s office phone number and other relevant contact information.

 

Sample call for asking your AG to join the lawsuit: “Dear State Attorney General (Name,) I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to join your colleagues from Iowa, New Mexico, Kentucky, North Carolina, and about a dozen other states in suing the federal government over its refusing to honor the cost-sharing reduction payments that it is supposed to provide. Withholding the CSRs is a blatant, direct attempt by the Trump administration to kill the Affordable Care Act, and it will, and already is, throwing our health care system into chaos. Please do what you can to fight back and protect the vulnerable in our state. Thank you.”

 

Know also that Republicans and Democrats alike have spoken out against Trump’s latest actions.

 

 

Here’s a Vox article that covers the damage Trump is likely to cause with these EOs–it’s not just going to hurt sick people, it will cost taxpayers more as well. Yes, really, we’d spend more to cover one million fewer:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/13/16467910/trump-obamacare-politics-aca

 

Here also is an opinion piece from the Washington Post on the same topic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-obamacare-order-could-destroy-the-health-care-system/2017/10/12/9660da88-af8a-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.d68dc0661717

 

 

Andy Slavitt, who ran that program as well as Medicare and ACA under Obama, first picked up on the Synthetic Repeal effort. He’s been describing it and providing ideas for fighting back.

 

If you’re not following Slavitt on Twitter already, please do:

@ASlavitt

Also start checking the #SyntheticRepeal hashtag on Twitter for updates.

 

In addition, please follow Ben Wikler, Topher Spiro, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They’re on the case 24/7 and will have updates and specifics on how to fight back:

@benwikler

@celeste_pewter

@topherspiro

 

Synthetic Repeal is a multi-pronged effort that needs to be fought on several fronts.

The Trump administration is actively sabotaging the ACA by denying state waivers, cutting the annual enrollment period for the ACA, scheduling system maintenance during that already short enrollment period, slashing the marketing budget for ads that tell people when the enrollment period happens, understaffing ACA call centers, and now refusing to honor CSR payments.

Slavitt has several suggestions for how we can fight back. Many of them are things you’re already doing, and things that have been covered higher up in this post–calling your MoCs and state AGs.

Another is to be a health care voter–someone who pays attention to how your senators and your house rep votes on Trumpcare, CHIP, and other bills that affect our health care system. You need to vote for those who support the bipartisan Murray-Alexander bill to stabilize the ACA, and vote for those who are trying to reauthorize CHIP, the program that covers sick kids, and which expired on September 30, 2017 and has yet to be reauthorized.

We devoted a post to calling about reauthorizing CHIP:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/30/call-your-mocs-and-ask-them-to-re-authorize-chip/

 

You should also call to ask your senators to pass the Murray-Alexander bill that would stabilize the ACA. Senator Patty Murray is a Democrat from Washington and Senator Lamar Alexander is a Republican from Tennessee. Both have been at work on the bill for a while now. Senator Mitch McConnell told them to stop in September in hopes of getting Graham-Cassidy (aka Trumpcare 3.0) through the Senate. After that effort failed, Murray and Alexander took up their bill again.

According to stories in the Washington Post and Politico that quoted Mick Mulvaney, the president is not interested in passing a ‘clean’ Murray-Alexander bill:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/13/trump-opposes-bipartisan-obamacare-rescue-plan-243752

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trumps-obamacare-attack-heralds-new-health-care-battles-on-capitol-hill/2017/10/13/c62f20be-b023-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.dc9d4318288c

 

But as weary watchers of Trump know too well, he says a lot of stuff and walks back a lot of stuff. And what he really wants is a win. It doesn’t matter what form the win takes so long as it looks like a win. If we can portray passing a clean Murray-Alexander bill as a win, maybe we have a shot here.

 

Sample script for calling your senators: “Dear Senator (Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to express my support for passing the Murray-Alexander bill, which would stabilize the Affordable Care Act. We need to fix the law, and we sure as heck should not undermine it, as the president is doing with his Executive Orders. Thank you.”

 

 

Still another way to fight synthetic repeal is by helping a new org called Get America Covered. It intends to pick up the slack that the government has ostentatiously dropped with regard to enrolling people in ACA plans for 2018. It intends to spread the word about the enrollment period and help as many people gain coverage as possible.

 

See the Get America Covered website:

https://getamericacovered.org

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GetAmericaCovered

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@GetUSCovered

 

Follow its cofounders, Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, on Twitter:

@Loril

@Joshuafapeck

 

Donate to Get America Covered:

https://secure.donationpay.org/getamericacovered/

Action Alerts · Call Your Senators · Health Care

Fight Trumpcare, Sept 22 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. 

So, it seems that GOP Senate leadership is trying to bribe Lisa Murkowski into accepting Trumpcare 3.0 by essentially promising that her state, Alaska, can keep the ACA’s provisions. See here:

http://ijr.com/2017/09/979983-republicans-attempt-buy-murkowskis-vote-new-draft-health-care-bill/

Whether this will sway her remains to be seen. She has rejected sweeteners aimed at Alaska in the past, on the theory that if Alaska gets set-asides, but the system is undermined to the point of failing, her state is still screwed.

McConnell still plans to hold a vote on the bill next week.

Murkowski is diligently reviewing the facts of Trumpcare 3.0, as she should, and as her Senate colleagues should, frankly. She has not showed her hand yet, and several Republicans who could vote no have been cagey.

 

FWIW, in a September 19 Bloomberg Politics article, former John McCain advisor John Weaver (who you should follow on Twitter at @JWGOP) is of the opinion that McCain will probably vote no:

“I cannot imagine Senator McCain turning his back not only on his word, but also on millions of Americans who would lose health care coverage, despite intense lobbying by his best friend,” Weaver said in an email. “Graham-Cassidy, if truly attempted to pass, will bypass every standard of transparency and inclusion important to people who care about fair process.”

Full article is here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/senate-gop-has-12-days-to-repeal-obamacare-and-no-room-for-error

 

Oh! And all 50 state Medicaid directors came out with a letter that threw a nice full bucket of cold water on Trumpcare 3.0, stressing that there wasn’t enough time to deliberate it properly. You can see the letter by scrolling back in Andy Slavitt’s Twitter feed (@ASlavitt). Topher Spiro commented that the letter was “extremely unusual” and
“It’s rare for this group to have consensus.”

 

Post-posting update: Yesterday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) tweeted a call to action for citizens to email comments to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of its Monday hearings:

This is it! Senate Finance Committee needs to hear from you before Monday’s hearing. Email gchcomments@finance.senate.gov

In the comments, someone who tweets as @BardSwan offered the text of the email that she had sent. We are reproducing it here, with credit to her (please follow her, too):

“Hello,

I am writing about the proposed Graham/Cassidy bill for changes to the ACA. Surely by every measure, this is not a good bill.

Firstly, I ask Congress not to hold a vote on this bill that will affect 1/6 of the American economy without a CBO score. How can you vote on proposed legislation without fully understanding how it will impact the lives of Americans?

Secondly, I am very concerned about language in the bill that allows states to loosen protections for pre-existing conditions. My family will be directly affected by this provision, as my husband is in remission from stage 4 cancer. We will not be able to afford the extra costs being predicted for his care, and will be effectively proved out of healthcare. In fact, our efforts to keep him well will no doubt bankrupt us.

Thirdly, I am distressed that monies to Medicaid will be reduced so drastically, making costs for seniors and the disabled to skyrocket.

From what I read, this bill does not bring healthcare to more Americans–in fact, it is predicted that upwards of 30 million will lose their existing coverage. And, like before the ACA, people will have to choose between eating and getting healthcare. People will die.

In conclusion, I find this proposed bill to be heartless and mean. It really is just a way for the GOP to pay for tax cuts. Rather than helping our fellow man, it is a bill that will hurt the most vulnerable in our population.

Please do not pass the Graham/Cassidy bill. Instead, please return to regular order. Let’s work on improving the existing law with bipartisan committees, and a vote that requires all of Congress to work together for a solution.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

<Your name here>

 

As we rewrote this post last night, Rep. Tom Reed appeared live on Chris Hayes’s show, fully confident that Trumpcare 3.0 won’t happen. This is a guy who voted for the AHCA, aka Trumpcare 2.0.

It has also come out that, as written, the bill will essentially punish big blue states and any states that accepted the Medicaid expansion under President Obama, and would reward the red states that refused it by… wait for it… redistributing the money, which is something we at OTYCD thought that Republicans hated on principle. But there you are.

 

Indivisible is still on the case. It has planned several #KilltheBill protests across the country for Monday, September 25. Learn which one is nearest to you here:

http://act.indivisibleguide.com/event/killthebill/search/

 

Twitter users are keeping the Trumpcare fight rolling with the #IWasHealthy hashtag, which people use to tell their stories about being healthy until they weren’t, or their kids weren’t, and they needed health insurance. Their stories are affecting. Read them.

Also read this piece about how the Resistance is spinning up to fight Trumpcare 3.0:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/18/16327662/resistance-health-bill-gop

 

Aaaaaaand evidently, CNN is going to hold a debate between Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham against Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders on Monday, September 25, at 9 pm EST. *Sigh*

 

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

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 3.0 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:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

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, 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–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

Action Alerts · Call Your Senators · Health Care

Defend the ACA, Sept 21 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.

So, since yesterday and now, Jimmy Kimmel dropped a fierce monologue scorching Republican Senator Bill Cassidy for lying to his face.

Kimmel’s main Twitter feed (@jimmykimmellive) and his personal feed (@jimmykimmel) tweeted it, and other people with big platforms, such as Ellen DeGeneres, boosted it, too.

So, that should help.

Metric buttload upon metric buttload of orgs that matter–pretty much every medical and doctor’s organization that doesn’t count Tom Price as a member, and several insurance companies–came out against Trumpcare 3.0.

That should help too.

Mitch McConnell intends to hold a vote next week. That might mean he thinks he has the votes. That might mean he’s willing to risk humiliation again. Who knows?

But that helps, too, because that means we have several days to call our Senators, every day, to say no to this, and call our House reps to ask them to stand ready to oppose this, and to rally our friends and family across the country to call and say ‘No Trumpcare.’

The pressure is still on the handful of GOP senators who proved to have spines the last time. McCain is more vulnerable now than he was then, however, because Lindsay Graham is a good friend of his.

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

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 3.0 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:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

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, 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. 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