Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ACTION: Call to Stop the Attacks On ACA

From Indivisible Oregon....

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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DON’T HOLD THE ACA HOSTAGE
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#ProtectOurCare
The attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been a hallmark of the volatile Trump administration, starting from Day One. 
- The first executive order President Trump signed gave departments the authority to roll back the ACA (http://bit.ly/2pbgGtj). 
- Several weeks later, the GOP proposed a plan that would deprive 24 million Americans of healthcare and give a tax break to the wealthy (http://bit.ly/2pv9yoT). However, the bill never made it to vote, largely due to significant pushback from angry constituents nationwide. 
- Trump is now attempting to force Democrats to the negotiating table, by taking the ACA hostage: He is threatening to withhold government subsidies for insurance companies. If he does so, insurance companies will likely raise premiums on participants, making healthcare inaccessible for many. (http://nyti.ms/2oQ23ut). 
Senator Wyden has made a clear statement: “We will not negotiate with hostage takers.”  http://bit.ly/2oKjdJI Our other Members of Congress must do the same. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SEN MERKLEY
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am concerned about the constant attacks against the ACA, especially President Trump’s latest threat to end subsidies to insurance companies. I’m asking Senator Merkley to vote NO on any legislation that would undermine the ACA. Further, I’m asking him to sponsor legislation that allow for full implementation of the ACA.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SEN WYDEN
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. First, I’m calling to thank Senator Wyden for his statement on the Trump Administration’s healthcare hostage-taking. I support him in his refusal to negotiate with hostage-takers. Second, I’m asking the Senator to rally more Members of Congress to this position, and to sponsor legislation that will allow for full implementation of the ACA.”
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE**
Find yours: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
SAMPLE SCRIPT:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am concerned about the constant attacks against the ACA, especially President Trump’s latest threat to end subsidy payments, in an effort to force Democrats to the negotiating table. I’m asking Representative [--] to follow Senator Wyden’s lead and make a clear statement that s/he will NOT negotiate with hostage-takers. I’m asking him/her to vote NO on any legislation that would undermine the ACA, and to sponsor legislation that will allow for full implementation of the ACA.”
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JUST AS IMPORTANT: 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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