Scripts and social media for stopping Trumpcare

Scripts to Stop Trumpcare

 

Update! Senate Democrats have committed to withholding consent and held the Senate floor. They are slowing the Senate proceedings. This is huge. This is because of our calls. Scripts have been update. Don't stop now!

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 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.

Call to support Filibuster by Amendment

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Durbin. I'd like to thank the Senator for committing to withhold consent and for the plans to hold the Senate floor. I'm also asking the Senator to go one step further and propose hundreds or thousands of amendments for vote-a-rama, effectively filibustering by amendment. It's essential that the Senator play hardball as the Senate Republicans aren't operating in good faith.

(if they are confused by vote-a-rama)

The Senator can file thousands of amendments—and then call each of them for a vote—so that debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with her colleagues, She can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings.

Senator Duckworth

Washington DC: (202) 224-2854

Chicago: (312) 886-3506

Call to strengthen their spines

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 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.

Call to support Filibuster by Amendment

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Senator Duckworth. I'd like to thank the Senator for committing to withhold consent and for the plans to hold the Senate floor. I'm also asking the Senator to go one step further and propose hundreds or thousands of amendments for vote-a-rama, effectively filibustering by amendment. It's essential that the Senator play hardball as the Senate Republicans aren't operating in good faith.

(there's a better chance that her staff will be confused by the vote-a-rama )

The Senator can file thousands of amendments—and then call each of them for a vote—so that debate is prolonged long enough to leave Republicans with no choice but to agree to hearings and a complete CBO score. Along with her colleagues, She can and should let the Republicans know they will offer amendments into the July 4 recess or longer, holding the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee Americans can read the bill, see a CBO score, and that the Senate has hearings.

(For additional scripts from Indivisible national, click here)

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.

Send an email to the Senators' Legislative Aides on Healthcare

Durbin: jessica_mcniece@durbin.senate.govmax_kanner@durbin.senate.gov

Duckworth: josie_villanueva@duckworth.senate.gov

Send an email asking the Senators to do something to stop the Senate Healthcare bill, including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment (see below) to slow the Senate proceedings . If you are sending an email, make it personal. You or someone you know is impacted by ACA repeal, so make that known. Here are the ten worst things about Trumpcare to get you thinking, plus see more background on what ACA repeal is unacceptable at the bottom of the page.

More Background from Indivisible National:

There are two main ways that your Democratic Senator can fight back against Trumpcare:

  1. Withhold consent. Your Democratic Senator can slow down Senate business, in part by “withholding consent.” The rules of the Senate are so complicated that Senators have to regularly consent to waiving some of them so that they can actually get work done. That includes shortening time for debates, expediting consideration of amendments, and scheduling committees. Your Senator can slow the Senate down to a crawl and focus attention to TrumpCare by withholding his or her consent on legislative business.
  2. Filibuster by amendment. Republicans are using a special process called “reconciliation” to jam through TrumpCare. This means they only need 51 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.

Your Senator might act like they can’t do this out of some unspoken rule of Senate courtesy. But this is no ordinary time in the Senate—we have to pull out all the stops to stop TrumpCare.

Social Media

Tweet at @SenatorDurbin and @SenDuckworth using the Protect our Healthcare images below and hashtags #WithholdConsent and #ILSaveACA. Tweet at @GovRauner using the Save Medicaid image below and the hastag #ILSaveACA

 

Additional 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.