Friday, September 15, 2017

ACTION: STOP THE ACA APPEAL

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday September 15, 2017
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ZOMBIE CARE IS STILL LOOSE -- STOP THE ACA REPEAL  
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#SaveACA
#ProtectOurCare

The GOP is determined to repeal the ACA.  They are leaving it all out on the field for their latest effort – the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment. It is far worse than the repeal bills of the summer.

The sponsors are pushing hard for their bill and preparing for a vote the week of September 25th.  Mitch McConnell is all in. He hates to lose (http://politi.co/2h3OFO7, http://bit.ly/2ya9zmi).

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment will gut Medicaid, throw millions off insurance, and allow each state to create its own system.
• it lets states accept block grants to fund healthcare. Block grants are budget cuts in disguise http://lat.ms/1UhWnmW.
• it would end Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies http://bit.ly/2hl1hUu
• blue states would see their healthcare funding cut while red states would see increases https://usat.ly/2wHkqFM

The Republicans have until the end of September to push through this repeal with just 50 votes (http://bit.ly/2vSCJnq).  Midnight September 30, the fiscal year ends, and 60 votes will be needed after that for any effort to modify the ACA.

The GOP are hoping we are not paying attention.  We need to show them we are. We cannot take anything for granted.

We must light up the phones and show that we really mean it: no repealing the ACA.

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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS **
(or leave a voice mail after hours if needed!)**

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.  You led the charge to stop prior repeal attempts.  I am counting on you to do it again.  We cannot let this amendment pass.  While you do your work in the Senate, I plan on contacting everyone I know in red sates to help them contact their Senators. Thank you. “

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY*
Especially in red states

Ask them to make the calls and share this post.  We all need to step a bit out of our comfort zone and help everyone we know to call and tell their Senators to stop trying to repeal 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

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/06/health-care-smackdown-last-ditch-aca-repeal-drive-threatens-bipartisan-fixes-andy-slavitt-column/634207001/

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