This is not a drill. After Trump and House Republicans were able to strike a deal with the far-right Freedom Caucus to make TrumpCare even worse, the fate of health care for 24 million people rests on 51 “moderate” Republicans. One of them is your Member of Congress.
Killing TrumpCare once and for all depends on the next 24–48 hours and your constituent power. It depends on you and your neighbors showing up at district offices and calling to make sure that when this bill comes to the floor later this week, your MoC knows that the only acceptable vote on this dumpster fire of a bill is a firm NO.
There is only one question your MoC needs to answer: Will they stand with their constituents or will they stand with Donald Trump?
Let’s be clear—this bill is still a poison pill for American families. In fact, it’s so bad that Republicans exempted themselves from living by its proposed rules.
Like the bill that you defeated in March, TrumpCare 2.0 would raise premiums for millions of people, especially older and sicker Americans, and strip coverage from as many as 24 million people. It would cut over $880 billion from Medicaid to give $600 billion in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.
But TrumpCare 2.0 doesn’t stop there. After seven years of empty promises and campaign rhetoric, the new GOP plan goes further. It lets insurance companies price gouge sick Americans. It allows states to deny protections for people with pre-existing conditions for almost any reason, resulting in higher costs and less comprehensive coverage for children with autism, people with cancer, and women. It allows states to eliminate guaranteed coverage of maternity care and other essential benefits like critical mental health services.
Why are Republicans trying to revive TrumpCare?
It’s simple. Donald Trump is reaching 100 days in office, and he has almost nothing to show for it. The “great” dealmaker has proven he’s nothing more than a great con artist. Now Republicans are trying to give Trump a win by yanking health care from 24 million people. They’re doing this knowing that the public does not back their plans. In fact, in a recent Kaiser Health poll, 74% of respondents said Republicans should do what they can to make the Affordable Care Act work.
At this very moment, Republicans are rallying votes for TrumpCare 2.0. But they’re nervous after the defeat of TrumpCare the first time around, and that gives you power.
Your district office visits and phone calls to your MoC are vital to making sure TrumpCare ends up where it belongs: the trash.
P.S. Still wondering how critical your voice is right now? Health and civil rights leader Ron Pollack has written an Indivisible blog post about the AMAZING job you did to kill TrumpCare last month and how important it is for you to keep up the pressure.