Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ACTION: KILL THE BILL 3.0 AND FIX THE ACA

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Tuesday August 1, 2017 
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KILL THE BILL 3.0 and FIX THE ACA
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#KillTheBill
#StopTheSabotage
#FixtheACA 
#ProtectOurCare
Faced with THREE failed votes last week to repeal the ACA and continued threats from Trump, the Senate GOP have refocused their hopes on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment to repeal the ACA. (http://bit.ly/2vbOTfh)
This amendment has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, so no one knows exactly how many Americans might lose coverage or how much premiums might increase… but the Senate may vote on it soon anyway.
Even without a CBO score, we know the amendment would be devastating. It makes deep cuts to federal funding for coverage programs by:
• Eliminating premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions that help moderate income consumers.
• Eliminating the ACA’s enhanced match for Medicaid expansion starting in 2020.
• Replacing the credits and CSR’s with a block grant set to a level well below what the ACA currently provides. After 2026, the block grant funding would end.
(http://bit.ly/2wfKJQdhttp://politi.co/2tTywjm)
We need to fix the ACA. Efforts are underway:
• Our senators continue to call for a bipartisan effort to reform health care.
• The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus (of which Rep. Schrader is a part) released a plan today to stabilize the ACA (http://wapo.st/2vcOfOh)
We must remain vigilant to ensure that the ACA is not sabotaged. We must push for a bipartisan fix to the ACA. We have the momentum, let’s use it to #ProtectOurCare!

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail!)** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Thank you for your persistent efforts to save the ACA. When the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment comes to the floor for a vote, please vote NO. Please continue to work on a bipartisan way to fix the ACA.” 
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR REPS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail!)** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SCHRADER
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Thank you for your persistent efforts to save the ACA and in particular for working on the Problem Solvers caucus on a bipartisan plan to fix the ACA . Please do all you can to bring this plan to the floor for a vote and work to fix the ACA.
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR BONAMICI, BLUMENAUER and DEFAZIO
"“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Thank you for your persistent efforts to save the ACA. Please work on a bipartisan way to fix the ACA and sign onto Rep Schrader’s Solutions Over Politics Plan.” 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am terribly disappointed in Rep Walden’s role as the architect of TrumpCare. I ask that Rep Walden reach across the aisle to fix the ACA.” 
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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 
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
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, La Grande (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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