While the Russia-Trump scandal has distracted the nation, Mitch McConnell and an all-male panel of 13 Republican Senators have been working in secret on a healthcare bill. Nobody knows what this bill looks like or how it differs from the House’s American Health Care Act, which would cause an estimated 23 million people to lose their health insurance by 2026. The GOP wants to keep it that way.
McConnell and Republican Senators intend to submit their secret healthcare bill to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) without any committee hearings, discussions, bipartisan debate, or public comments. They will keep the bill’s contents secret until the CBO finishes scoring the legislation. This means they would only release the bill publicly mere days or even hours before the final vote, which they plan to hold on or before June 30th (by contrast, Senate Democrats held over 30 Senate Finance Committee meetings to draft the Affordable Care Act and included their Republican colleagues in these meetings). This GOP strategy contravenes the spirit of our democratic process, and we must not stand for it.
We can do something about this: Demand Democratic Senators block a final AHCA vote by introducing thousands of amendments during the reconciliation process, an approach known as filibustering by amendment. Further, we can urge Republican Senators to push their colleagues to draft their healthcare replacement openly and publicly. The American public deserves to know what is in their healthcare legislation, and the egregious behavior by the GOP must be stopped.
CALL SEN MCCASKILL:417-868-8745
CALL SEN BLUNT: 417-877-7814
SCRIPT (5 CALLS) Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
IF DEMOCRAT: I’m calling today because I’m upset about the GOP’s strategy to write and pass the American Health Care Act in secret, with no Senate hearings or public debate. I’m demanding that [SEN NAME] work with other Democrats to plan a filibuster by amendment during the reconciliation vote-a-rama on the AHCA and block the passage of this cruel bill. Your constituents are counting on you to fight for their healthcare.
IF REPUBLICAN: I’m calling today because I’m upset at the GOP’s strategy to write and pass the American Health Care Act in secret, with no Senate hearings or public debate. I’m demanding that [SEN NAME] urge their colleagues to hold hearings on this bill and stop bypassing our democratic process.
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