Thursday, June 22nd - Rally to oppose Senate Healthcare bill; Call Governor Rauner and your Senators

Actions you can take today

  • Action#1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Tomorrow: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

  • Action #2: Fill out witness slip in support of HR445

  • Action #3: Call Governor Rauner and ask him to speak out against AHCA

  • Action #4: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them (yes, we call them every day)

Tools you can use

Action #1: The Senate Healthcare Bill comes out Today: Attend the rally to save ACA at Federal Plaza

The is getting real. The Senate version of AHCA comes out TODAY, Thursday the 22nd. This is the day we have planned for our Rally to Save ACA, one of many rallies across the nation being lead by Indivisible. Come out an show your support for ACA. We will have many people sharing their stories of how ACA has impacted their lives. Let us know you are coming and share the event! We will have a 26' mobile billboard circling Federal Plaza as it concludes its tour of Illinois Republican districts in Chicago. The press will be there, so please come out and show your support for ACA.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2:30-4pm

Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn

Action #2: Fill out witness slip in support of HR445

State Rep Greg Harris is introducing a bill requesting out Congressional delegation to vote no on the AHCA and support Medicare as a public option. He is requesting IL residents to submit witness slips if you agree. Select "proponent" and "record of appearance" on the form. Please share and help get the word out to support this bill!

Click here to fill out a witness slip. For section II, Representation, indicate "Indivisible Chicago" or "self". For Position, choose "Proponent", and for Testimony check "Record of Appearance only"

Action #3: Call Governor Rauner and ask him to speak out against AHCA

Governor Rauner

Chicago office: 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a registered voter in Illinois. I'm calling to ask Governor Rauner to publicly oppose the proposed $800 billion dollar cuts to medicaid. 2.9 million Illinois residents depend on medicaid, especially seniors, babies, veterans and the disabled. These cuts are immoral and I'm asking the governor to speak out against them.

Action #4: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and let them know that the more they fight, the more we support them

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Senator Duckworth

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.

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.

Jason Rieger