Due to the Trumpcare bills lack of support, McConnell has delayed the vote until after the July 4th recess…which means as soon as the holiday is over, we need to pack up the fireworks and start making Congress’s phones ring off the hook again. The lives of millions of Americans depend on it, especially since Trump recently tweeted that he prefers for Congress to simply repeal Obamacare and worry about replacing it later. Here are some things you can do to help:
– Share some of the finer points from the CBO analysis of this bill. Post some of the info below to Facebook and social media; it may inspire others to call in and protest!
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (run by an economist picked by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and others) this Senate healthcare bill will:
– Increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million in 2026
– Increase the number of uninsured people by 15 million *next year*
– Cause 4 million people to lose employer-provided plans in 2018
– Cut Medicaid by $772 billion. Just for reference, Medicaid covers 39% of children, 60% of children with disabilities, and 64% of people in nursing homes.
– Raise premiums for older people. For a 64-year-old with an annual income of $56,800, the premium in 2026 would average $20,500 a year, or three times the amount expected under the current law.
…all to give the 400 highest-income taxpayers tax cuts worth about $33 billion from 2019 through 2028 — which roughly equals the Medicaid coverage that is being cut for 726,000 people in Nevada, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Alaska *combined* (CBPP)
– Keep calling your Senators
CALL SENATOR BLUNT 417-877-7814 and MCCASKILL 417-868-8745
SCRIPT (5 calls):
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to urge Senator ____________ to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. As the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill makes clear, this legislation will cause millions of people to lose their insurance, yet does nothing to resolve the Affordable Care Act’s shortcomings. I hope the Senator will do the right thing and reject this bill.
Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]