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ACTION NEEDED on the ACA

February 19, 2017

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Virginia for Indivisible Milwaukee North

The folks who are pushing to repeal Obamacare day-in and day-out are having trouble, as it becomes increasingly clear that tearing away their constituents’ health care is tremendously unpopular — not to mention cruel and irresponsible. So they’re trying to do it through the back door.First, Obamacare opponents pulled outreach efforts that were already paid for right before January’s enrollment deadline — effectively barring hundreds of thousands of people from getting coverage — in an attempt to weaken the insurance market. Now they’ve gone a step further. Today, the administration put out a proposal clearly aimed at sabotaging the law at the expense of the people who depend on it. They are proposing that next year’s enrollment period be cut in half. They’re proposing giving insurance companies free rein to raise deductibles, narrow people’s choice of doctors, and put up restrictions for people from getting covered mid-year when they have a child or lose their employer-based insurance.

I am not making this up. The proposal literally admits the new rules will result in “a transfer from consumers to insurers.” That is to say, more of your money will be forked over to insurance companies. 

Fortunately, we’re still governed by some rules in this country, so this proposal, by law, has to allow the public to have their say. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

We’re gathering public comments on this outrageous proposal. If you agree we should strengthen insurance coverage and consumer protections — not weaken them — speak up and add your comment now.

Your voice matters. By law, this administration — who is deliberately creating chaos and uncertainty — has to consider every comment, so don’t wait to add yours.

 

Speak out

 


 

Dear Indivisibles, Here’s David Leonhardt’s newsletter in the NYT this morning, which opens with remarks from Topher Spiro, a former Congressional staff member who now works at the Center for American Progress: “In the fight to save the ACA, next week is absolutely pivotal.”

Leonhardt writes:
The fight for the law is really a fight to prevent millions of people from losing health insurance and, by extension, medical care. While there are other ways beside the Affordable Care Act to provide insurance, Congressional Republicans have yet to offer such a plan — despite seven years of promising to do so. If you’re a regular reader of this newsletter, you know that I think individual actions can affect national politics. The Tea Party showed how to do it, and left-leaning groups are now repeating those successes. Remember the failed plan to gut the House ethics office, scuttled by a surge of anger?

“Next week is an important one for health care because members of Congress will be going home, where they will be holding town halls and other meetings. (Here’s a schedule.) Those meetings are a chance for people to make clear the actual stakes in the health care debate: not the reputation of Donald Trump, Barack Obama or any other politician, but the well-being of a lot of Americans.

“Rallies and town halls do have an effect,” Spiro, a former Congressional staff member who now works at the Center for American Progress, told me. “I want to see an outpouring of support for the A.C.A. I want to see lots of big rallies on T.V. I want to see YouTube clips of people asking good questions.” I understand that the Affordable Care Act has flaws, and that serious conservative plans for providing insurance exist. But Congress hasn’t yet offered one of those plans. In reality, all of the “repeal and delay” or “repeal and replace” plans on the table would harm millions of people. The message for Congress next week, and beyond, should be clear: Don’t take away people’s health insurance.”

In the absence of town halls where I’m a constituent, I plan to write postcards and send faxes (5 free per day at https://faxzero.com/). On my list are GOP MoCs in other states who have voiced criticism of one or more of Trump’s actions. Here are a few, with links to contact info.

Give me other names?

GOP Senators:

AZ John McCain (thank McCain for investigating Russian hacking)

AZ Jeff Flake

SC Lindsey Graham (Thank Graham for investigating Russian hacking).

NC Richard Burr

CO Cory Gardner

NV Dean Heller

UT Mike Lee

NE Ben Sasse (Thank Senator Sasse for his discerning critique of the immigration/travel ban)

OH Rob Portman

AK Dan Sullivan

AK Lisa Murkowski (Thank Senator Murkowski for her courageous stand against DeVos’ confirmation.)

ME Susan Collins (Thank Senator Collins for her courageous stand against DeVos’ confirmation)

CO Cory Gardner (said the Trump travel ban went “too far”

TN Lamar Alexander (said it came close to being a religious test, which is “inconsistent with our American character.” He also introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming a strong commitment to the U.S.-Australia relationship, after Trump’s hostile phone conversation with Australia’s Prime Minister)

CO Cory Gardner (said the Trump travel ban went “too far”)

TN Lamar Alexander (said it came close to being a religious test, which is “inconsistent with our American character.” He also introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming a strong commitment to the U.S.-Australia relationship, after Trump’s hostile phone conversation with Australia’s Prime Minister)

FL Marco Rubio (Thank him for joining in a bipartisan resolution reaffirming a strong commitment to the U.S.-Australia relationship, after Trump’s hostile phone conversation with Australia’s Prime Minister)

 

GOP Representatives:

UT Jason Chaffetz (asked the Office of Government Ethics to recommend discipline for Kellyanne Conway, calling her “Buy Ivanka’s stuff” comments “unacceptable.” Utah constituents fearful of losing their health care swarmed a Chaffetz town hall)

TN Diane Black [scroll down] (Constituents fearful of losing their health care swarmed a Black town hall)

MI Justin Amash (Constituents fearful of losing their health care swarmed an Amash town hall)

CA Tom McClintock (Constituents fearful of losing their health care swarmed a McClintock town hall)

WA Dave Reichert (said Trump’s travel ban “did not uphold our values” and called for it to be scrapped in favor of more workable immigration legislation)

 
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