Dear MoveOn member,
Away from the headlines, Republicans are in turbo mode in their destructive race to repeal the Affordable Care Act and rip health care away from tens of millions of Americans.
If we don't stop them, Senate Republicans will pass their ultra-secret Trumpcare bill in less than three weeks.
What's in the Senate bill? We don't know because they won't show it to anyone. But the Senate's number two Republican has admitted that "80 percent of what the House did we're likely to do."1 The House bill was set to take health care coverage away from 23 million people. 80% of that is 18.4 million people. No comfort there.
Why won't the GOP show anyone their health care bill? "We aren't stupid," one aide told a reporter.2 Translation: If the public knew what was in the bill, they'd revolt. As aides told another reporter, the whole point of withholding the bill from public view until just before a vote is in the hopes of "minimizing the ability of opposition to mobilize."3
At this point, every single Democrat is rock solid against this bill and speaking out against it. That's great news, and it's worth calling them to thank them for standing strong. The problem is Democrats have said they'll work to delay Trumpcare votes starting next week, but that could be too late! We need them to stop the business of the Senate NOW, and ensure the vote takes as long as possible, so that activists can make their voices heard.
Will you call your senators now to tell them it's time to stop any business as usual in the Senate until Republicans reveal the bill and hold hearings? Here is where to call:
- Sen. Schumer - (202) 224-6542
- Sen. Gillibrand - (202) 224-4451
The truth is, while the Democrats can delay and help us gain valuable time, we need three Republicans to vote against Trumpcare in order to win. So, after you call, can you tell your friends in Republican states to call their Senators too?
The links below will open up lists of your friends on Facebook who live in states with the most crucial Republican senators. Can you click through and then tell your friends to call their Republican senators at 844-432-0883?
- Sen. Murkowski, Alaska
- Sens. Flake and McCain, Arizona
- Sen. Cotton, Arkansas
- Sen. Gardner, Colorado
- Sen. Collins, Maine
- Sen. Heller, Nevada
- Sen. Portman, Ohio
- Sen. Capito, West Virginia
You should personalize your message and share why calling their senator is important to you. You can send the message any way you normally talk to your friends, which could be on Facebook or maybe texting, calling, or emailing. And obviously you don't have to be on Facebook to use the list of states above and think about friends and family you can reach out to.
Here is an example of what you can say:
"Hi! I'm writing because you've got a Republican Senator who could cast the deciding vote on the GOP health care plan. The GOP is forcing a vote in just a few weeks in the Senate on a bill that would take away coverage from 23 million people, gut Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and undermine coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Can you call your senators at 844-432-0883 and ask them not to vote for the health care repeal bill?"
There is no limit to how many times you and your friends can call your senators. You could set a calendar reminder for yourself to call EVERY DAY between now and the vote that could be as soon as two weeks from now. Let's keep the senators' phones ringing off the hooks.
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell trying to schedule a vote before the end of the month, we need to make sure that the GOP Senate hears the message loud and clear that it is unacceptable to take away health care from tens of millions of Americans, gut Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
We're down to the wire, and the fight is close. Every call matters. We're hearing from Capitol Hill that the volume of calls is way down, back to pre-Trump levels—just a few dozen calls per day. But if we raise our voices now, we can play a role in stopping not only this vicious health care bill, but all of Trump's disastrous agenda. We've got three weeks. Let's make them count.
Every bit counts, so call today—and every weekday—then get the word out to your family and friends that now is the time to fight Trumpcare.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ben, Elsie, Emma, Schuyler, and the rest of the team
1. "The Senate's three tools on health care: Sabotage, speed and secrecy," The Washington Post, June 10, 2017
2. "Senate GOP won't release draft health care bill," Axios, June 12, 2017
3. "Senate GOP reins in expectations for killing Obamacare," Politico, June 12, 2017
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