Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT OUR CARE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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PROTECT OUR CARE
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#ProtectOurCare
#ProtectACA
#ProtectMedicare
#ProtectMedicaid
“Every American deserves the promise of access to a popular, affordable, high-quality health care option.” – U.S. Senator Merkley, D-Oregon
“The best safety net ever invented by God is family, but I’m not sure that government is supposed to supplement that process.” State Senator Shirkey, R-Michigan
Healthcare is a human right, needed for each person to reach their potential.
Democrats work to expand healthcare while Trump and his GOP systematically take our healthcare away.
Constantly threatening the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare along with repealing the individual mandate were just the beginning. Trump’s latest assaults:
--Approving Medicaid work requirements which will cost thousands their healthcare - up to 97,000 in Kentucky alone. Work requirements don’t lead to sustained employment and place undo administrative burdens on participants. 
--Proposing to expand short term plans to one year and to include “junk insurance”. Junk insurance is not required to cover essential health benefits or preexisting conditions. When combined with the repeal of the individual mandate, these changes will increase premiums up to 18%.
Meanwhile, Democrats have FIVE different plans to expand Medicare and/or Medicaid.
Our MoCs must work to
• protect the healthcare we have: ACA, Medicare, Medicaid
• expand healthcare for all
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**ACTION 1: CALL OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT: for everyone but Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very worried about work requirements for Medicaid and expanding short term insurance plans. These changes will result in less people having access to healthcare. I appreciate all the Senator/Rep has done to protect our healthcare. Please keep working to protect the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid while expanding healthcare for all.”
SAMLE SCRIPT: for Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very worried about work requirements for Medicaid and expanding short term insurance plans. I also remember the Reps role in repealing the ACA and individual mandate. Please remind him he needs to work for his constituents and protect the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid while expanding healthcare for all. I will remember his actions in November”
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**ACTION 2: REMEMBER FOR THE MIDTERMS**
It has become clear that we need a different Congress to protect our healthcare. The attacks on our healthcare won’t change until Congress does. Make sure
--you and everyone you know is registered to vote.
--to check out Indivisible Oregon’s website midterm actions
--every candidate for Congress is answering questions about how they will work to make healthcare accessible for all. 
The 2018 elections will be the most important of our lives. Our very health depends on it. 
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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

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