Friday, September 22, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday September 22, 2017
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DON’T DESTROY MEDICAID:
STOP THE LATEST ACA REPEAL
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#SaveOurCare
#ProtectACA
#KillTheBill
#NoScoreNoVote
The latest ACA/Obamacare repeal bill, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment, destroys Medicaid—laying waste to a 52-year-old program that provides care for children, disabled, elderly and working poor…just to give the wealthy a tax break and claim a legislative victory. http://bit.ly/2ycArS2
Medicaid expansion and market-place subsidies will be replaced with small temporary block grants which will decrease every year. These grants are not earmarked for Medicaid expansion patients, so they could be used in for other purposes. These grants end in 2027—leaving those previously covered by the ACA with nothing. http://bit.ly/2fhYDuX
The government will no longer provide guaranteed funding for traditional Medicaid patients (children, elderly, disabled). Instead, states will receive limited set amounts that are less than present allocations. Increases in population or illness rates will force states to further cut coverage and/or enrollment. http://bit.ly/2fhYDuX
This is entitlement reform to end Medicaid, which breaks the federal government’s promise to take care of all Americans—not just the wealthy.
We must stop this bill by
• calling our blue Senators and asking them to run to out the clock—since this bill can only pass with 50 votes through September 30th.
• calling constituents in swing states and helping them call their Senators.
Every call matters. Let’s do this.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS **
(or leave a voice mail after hours)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the latest GOP ACA repeal bill—the Graham-Cassidy-Heller Amendment. It will end Medicaid as we know it. We are counting on you to save our healthcare. Please withhold consent on all Senate business and do everything you can to keep this bill from coming to a vote before time has run out. Thank you.“
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**ACTION 2 EMAIL THE SENATE WITH TESTIMONY ABOUT GRAHAM-CASSIDY
The Senate Finance Committee is taking testimony from the public on the Graham-Cassidy Amendment. Please send your comments to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov. Comments must be in by Monday September 25 10AM PST.
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**ACTION 3: JOIN AN EMERGENCY PHONE BANK IN PDX TO KILL THE BILL**
Indivisible Oregon is organizing 2 calling parties next week. Check our Facebook page for details. This weekend call from home using https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare. Message us online with your progress at Facebook (@IndivisibleOregon) and Twitter (@Indivisible_OR).
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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
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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