Leaflet to Stop Graham-Cassidy

Thanks to Miriam for sharing this leaflet about the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would cause millions of Americans to lose healthcare coverage. Please print and share!

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ACTION: Call constituents to protect the ACA

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:

  1. Get informed about the bill. 
    • Quick overview from Slate
    • Detailed reporting from Vox
  2. 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
    • 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

ACTION: Submit health care amendments to your senators

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/

Help needed: ACA Storybook

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!

Phone Bank for Special Election in Kansas

Democratic candidate James Thompson is running in a special election for Kansas’s 4th Congressional district seat on Tuesday, April 11th. The special election is being held to replace Mike Pompeo, who was appointed Director of the CIA.

Please help by joining the phone bank: http://www.votejamesthompson.com/phonebank

Special Election for South Carolina’s 5th District

The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 20, 2017. The election will replace Mick Mulvaney, who was confirmed as director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Three Democrats, seven Republicans, and five third-party candidates are running for the seat. Primary elections will be held on May 2, 2017, with primary runoffs occurring on May 16 if required. The three Democrats, Archie ParnellAlexis Frank, and Les Murphy need your support to turn the seat blue! Please donate if you can.