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Thank you so much to everyone who attended last week’s meeting with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. For those of you who couldn’t attend, I recommend reading the minutes (available here) to see what was discussed. You can also check out the Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress websites because what they are doing across the country is great.
If you have not been following, the Senate health care bill is TERRIBLE. It cuts Medicaid even more than the House bill, though on a longer time frame. It also goes even further than the House bill in allowing states to gut ACA protections and allowing insurers to define what services would and wouldn’t be covered in any given policy. The Senate bill claims not to allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but because various treatments (chemotherapy, maternity care) are not mandated to be part of coverage for everyone, they will be extremely expensive for people who need to buy them a la carte. And many think the bill will create a “death spiral” in the individual insurance market.
Schumer says that pressure from constituents is key, so please consider taking 30 minutes or more to make calls to constituents of Republicans in key states. What you can do:
- Get informed about the bill.
- Register for phone banking to Republican states!
- ACA DEFENDERS, based in MA, a collaboration of Health Care for All Massachusetts and SEIU 99. This uses the automated HubDialer and you can put the constituent through directly to their Senator. In the battle against the ACA, they have called voters in several states, depending on their legislators’ position in real time. If you sign up you will get the full emails with instructions day by day as the targets change. Sign up here
- SPREAD THE WORD!
- Think of 3 people you know in red states, or 3 people you know who know people in red states. Share this great state-by-state resource from Indivisible
Republicans are using a special process called “reconciliation” to jam through TrumpCare. This means they only need 50 votes, instead of the usual 60, to pass it. But the trade-off is that they have to allow an unlimited number of amendments. Any Senator can file as many amendments as they want and then call them up for a vote on the Senate floor during a period called “vote-a-rama.” Democratic Senators can and should plan thousands of amendments and keep them going until Republicans agree to have public hearings on the bill.
By introducing tens of thousands of amendments, Democrats can slow down the process enough to draw necessary attention to Senate Republicans’ secret process and the disastrous impacts of their TrumpCare bill.
Submit your amendment now. https://www.ouramendments.org/
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), also referred to as Trumpcare, has been passed in the House and is now secretly being revised by Republican Senators in an effort to push it forward for a vote before the July 4th recess. An estimated 23 million people would lose health care coverage under the AHCA and premiums would rise for the most vulnerable.
LIC Coalition is gathering stories related to health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an effort to stop the AHCA from being passed. The simple survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Add your story here and please share!
ALBANY DAY OF ACTION – JUNE 13! We have the opportunity to pass progressive voting laws in New York State, but it must happen before June 21st in order to take effect for the 2018 elections.
To bring New York into the 21st Century, a coalition of progressive organizations is organizing a day of action in Albany to pass 5 key voter reform laws: early voting, automatic voter registration, flexibility to change voter registration, electronic poll books, and restoring parolee voting rights! Several bills have already passed the State Assembly but are now stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.
Manhattan: Meet in front of Union Square Café (101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
Brooklyn: Meet in front of Old Navy (625 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
- 11:30 a.m. at West Capitol Park – Obstacle “To Voting” Course
- 12:00 noon at West Capitol Park – Rally
- 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Inside the NYS Capitol and Legislative Office Building – Lobby Visits and Creative Actions
Sponsors: Brooklyn NAACP, Brooklyn Rebels, Brooklyn Voter Alliance of GOBK, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause, Daily Kos, Easy Elections NY, League of Women Voters, Moody, NY4Democracy, NY Civic Engagement Table, NYPAN, Public Citizen, Schenectady Unites, SEIU32BJ, Strong Economy for All Coalition, and others