Monday, April 24, 2017

ACTION: Call to Oppose Trumpcare Round 2

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, April 24, 2017
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TRUMPCARE ROUND 2: WHEN THEY COME FOR US AGAIN, WE’LL BE READY!
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Trump and Ryan can’t seem to accept the failure of the AHCA--their appalling attack on our health care. As early as this week, we could be facing the latest version of the bill that just won’t die.
--Trumpcare 2.0 allows states to opt out of the ACA requirement that insurance companies provide essential health benefits—including maternity care, mental health services, and prescription drug coverage
--It allows a similar opt-out from providing affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, through underfunded “high risk pools”--which are often little better than no coverage at all. http://kaiserf.am/2aK8b2e
--It retains the worst provisions of the AHCA: gutting Medicaid coverage for the elderly, disabled, and low income; increasing premiums and deductibles for many groups including seniors; and giving billions in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.
Most members of Oregon’s congressional delegation have opposed the AHCA – but their resolve will be tested again this week. Even if the bill doesn’t come to a vote, we may see “back door” attacks on health care subsidies or Planned Parenthood through riders attached to a continuing budget resolution. We need to let our MoCs know that we’re watching closely. They must stand firm. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR US SENATORS** 
The most effective calls include a personal story about how this issue affects YOU.
OR adapt our SCRIPT:
“My name is [--], a constituent from [city], Oregon. I would like to thank Senator [--] for his strong opposition to Trumpcare 2.0—the latest and even more catastrophic version of the GOP ACA repeal-and -replace plan. I know he will fight hard against this or any other attack on our health care bill that comes before the Senate. Meanwhile, I am asking that he just say no to any attempts to sabotage our health care through riders attached to this week’s budget reconciliation process. Whether it is a cutback on subsidies or defunding Planned Parenthood, please stand tough and shut down the process rather than give in to blackmail that puts so many lives at stake!” 
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
Find yours: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
The most effective calls include a personal story about how this issue affects YOU.
OR adapt our SCRIPT: 
SCRIPT FOR ALL REPS BUT WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am proud to be part of a state with US Representatives such as [name] who I can count on to strongly oppose the latest attempt to amend the AHCA to make it even worse. I hope I can count on Representative [--] to make sure that Trumpcare 2.0 never makes it through the House. And meanwhile, I am asking that [she/he] just say no to any attempts to sabotage our health care through riders attached to this week’s budget continuation process. Whether it is a cutback on subsidies or defunding Planned Parenthood, please stand tough and shut down the process rather than give in to blackmail that puts so many lives at stake.” 
SCRIPT FOR REP WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am deeply troubled by Representative Walden’s past support for the AHCA repeal and replace plan, which would have had devastating effects on thousands of his own constituents! I know he truly cares about the lives of people in District 2, and that is why I am asking him to learn from past mistakes and oppose the new amended version which is even worse than the first. I am also urging him to just say no to any attempts to sabotage our health care through riders attached to this week’s budget continuation process. Whether it is a cutback on subsidies or defunding Planned Parenthood, please stand up to GOP extremists who want to play political games at the cost of American lives.
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**ACTION 3**
CALL, TEXT, AND EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN RED DISTRICTS TO DO THE SAME. “SHARE” OR COPY / PASTE THIS ACTION!
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: 202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, LaGrande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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