Wednesday, June 28th - Rally at the Thompson Center! Put the pressure on Rauner!

Actions you can take today

  • Action #1: Come out to the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th

  • Action #2: Flood Governor Rauner's office with calls asking his to oppose ACA repeal

  • Action #3: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting for ACA

Tools you can use

Action #1: Come out to the Thompson Center at Noon on Wednesday, June 28th

Noon, TODAY at the Thompson Center. Be there and help us push Governor Rauner to come out against ACA repeal and in support of protecting Medicaid.

We are rallying to ask Governor Rauner to stop giving cover to the spineless Republican Congressmen who voted for this heinous bill. There is nothing more important going on right now. This is life or death for millions of Americans. We have to fight. Join us at the Thompson center where we will call for Governor Rauner to forget about the 6.6 million dollars he will save with his potential tax cut and stand up for his constituents.

Action #2: Flood Governor Rauner's office with calls asking his to oppose ACA repeal

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 #3: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and thank them for fighting for ACA

Senator Durbin

Washington DC: (202) 224-2152

Chicago: (312) 353-4952

Call to strengthen their spines

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and helping delay the vote.

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'm calling to thank the Senator for standing strong against the Republican Senators and helping delay the vote.

Why Today's Actions Are Important

The bill has been delay (YAY), but the fight is not over. We need to keep the pressure on Governor Rauner. This New York Times article is a good example of why it can be so impactful for Governor Rauner to speak out against the Senate Bill. The bigger coalition of governors opposing this, the harder it will be for the Senate to destroy medicaid to finance a tax cut. From the article:

But if the legislation does unravel further, governors will have played a hand: Mr. Hickenlooper said in an interview that he and Mr. Kasich had agreed to team up after a February meeting of the governors’ association in Washington, where state leaders heard an alarming presentation about the potential consequences of a federal pullback in health care.

Within weeks, Mr. Hickenlooper said, both Mr. Kasich and Mr. Sandoval had sought his help in taking on their own party. Mr. Kasich, the Colorado governor recalled, expressed confidence that he could find other Republicans who would “take a pretty strong stand that coverage shouldn’t be rolled back.”

A tentative game plan emerged: They would assemble a nimble, informal group of governors, from the right and left of center, who would publicly express concern about health care legislation drafted in the House and Senate. The governors would press for a slower, less disruptive and more public legislative process, and insist on protections for states that had greatly expanded their Medicaid rolls.

Joining Mr. Kasich and Mr. Sandoval on the Republican side was Mr. Baker. On the Democratic side, Mr. Hickenlooper recruited Steve Bullock of Montana, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.