Actions you can take today
Action #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them (Call. Every. Day.)
Action #2: Join the Indivisible Rapid Response Team at https://www.indivisiblechicago.com/rapid-response-team/
Tools you can use
Action #1: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them
I know it seems like we have had the same calling action every day. You aren't crazy, we really are calling every day. We are calling every day until the Senate bill is dead. Our Senators will listen to us, but they have to hear from us first. Call call call.
Washington DC: (202) 224-2152
Chicago: (312) 353-4952
Washington DC: (202) 224-2854
Chicago: (312) 886-3506
Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and for slowing the Senate process. I want the Senator to know that, as long as they use every tactic they have to stop this healthcare bill from advancing, they have our support.
For other scripts, calling actions, emails, and social media graphics, check our Trumpcare page.
Action #2: Join the Indivisible Rapid Response Team
Sign up here. Rallies are going to keep popping up around the city as the odious Senate tax-cut disguised as a healthcare bill is brought to light. We will send a text to the cell number you provide when rallies and protests are organized around the city. This is especially essential over the weekend when email might be difficult. Join the Rapid Response Team and fight to save ACA on the front lines.
Background on why we need to stop ACA Repeal
In spite of disingenuous rhetoric of “consumer choice,” and “healthy competition” the AHCA is at it’s core, a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the poor and elderly, as this stark graphic from the LA Times shows. (The full article is an easy to read comparison between the ACA and AHCA.)
The Republicans tout a Federal deficit savings of $118.7 billion by 2026 under the AHCA. This is based largely on the roll-back in Medicare and reduction tax subsidies that currently allow more people to afford health insurance. The assumptions do not include the costs which fall to the states. In Illinois, which is already facing an unprecedented financial crisis, the passage of AHCA will have a crippling effect on our economy and our fellow citizens. Not only will the most vulnerable lack real access to health care, but providers will have to look at reducing services and staff; and possible closure of hospitals and clinics. The reduction in social and health services providers is already a reality in Illinois. Passage of the AHCA will make that worse.
Regardless of how you feel about the impending repeal of the ACA; you should be outraged at the charade of democracy that defines the GOP efforts on the AHCA. Thirteen men are meeting behind closed doors to create legislation that will impact the entire United States and an industry that representing 1/6th of our economy. GOP leadership have already indicated that the Senate Bill will not be released publically prior to being presented for a vote - a repeat of the machinations the House Republicans used to ram their version of the AHCA through on partisan lines.
No piece of legislation as sweeping and impactful as the AHCA should be brought to a vote without clear transparency, expert evaluation and public input. Healthcare stakeholders from the AMA and AHA to the AARP have taken positions against the AHCA, yet the Republican Administration continues to move forward without even engaging with their own colleagues. It is imperative that voters let each MOC know that we are watching, and that we are angry about the disregard for transparent, democratic governance.
The AHCA would:
Take away access to healthcare for an estimated 13 to 23 million Americans
Cut $834 billion in Medicaid spending and eliminate funds for Medicaid expansion by 2026.
Increase insurance costs for poorer, older, rural Americans although younger, healthier metropolitan Americans may see a decrease in insurance premiums.
Remove the tax penalty for not having health insurance. However, consumers could face a 30% premium increase should their coverage lapse for any reason.
Removes consumer protections, effectively allowing higher premiums for older and sicker individuals and permitting waivers that could reimpose annual and lifetime caps.
Weakens access for Women’s health care services by providing Insurance providers waivers from contraception and maternity care, and exempting Medicaid payments for these services. Additionally, the legislation bars Medicaid payments to any clinic providing abortion services whether or not that is the service provided to the patient.
End most of the taxes paid by corporations and wealthy households set up under the ACA to subsidize the program but does not include any offset for the lost revenue.
The bottom line is that AHCA provides less coverage and a higher cost to most Americans. At it worst, it deprives the most vulnerable true access to affordable, quality health care. The Republican Administration has adopted the President’s regressive, short-term vision of “Winning” over Governing. We need to urge our Senators to speak up loudly and resist.