URGENT: Stop #TrumpCare Action Alert Plan

Indivisible Sonoma County's June 2017 Stop #TrumpCare Action Plan

Please follow our eight-step action plan for this week to Stop #TrumpCare. (There is much more going on in Twitter and other platforms, but we think this is a very good start.) Our Call to Action (CtA) includes reaching out to friends both in and out of state with a focus on friends in NV, AZ, CO, LA, ME, OH, AK and WV.

 

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WEEK ONE: IN DISTRICT WORK

1. ATTEND EVENT

Ask everyone you know sign up for the Stop TrumpCare Indivisible Guide event. This is a coordinated call action not an actual go-to event. When you get onto the event click ‘GOING’.

If you are not on Facebook this is a good reason to start! Step one is to attend the event and share with your personal network. Here is IndyGuide’s CtA for the 6/14 event and the link to the FB event: http://bit.ly/2sRv4FJ

On June 14 from open until close, we will call our U.S. Senators and tell them to reject TrumpCare and their closed-room deal to take health care away from 23 million people. Together, we will win.

Background:

Mitch McConnell intends to fast-track a new health care bill without effective public scrutiny or appropriate evaluation.This reverse Robin Hood plan will take insurance away from or worsen coverage for the middle class, poor, sick, and elderly, and use the savings to cut taxes for the wealthy. And McConnell plans to bring it to the house for a vote before Americans can understand what it all means. 

2. CALL SCRIPT

Suggested Call scripts for Feinstein and Harris for 6/14. THIS IS ONLY FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC SENATORS. For key Republican Senator scripts, please see #6, below:

 Senator Feinstein:

*SF Office: (415) 393-0707
*DC Office: (202) 224-3841
*LA Office: (310) 914-7300
*San Diego Office: (619) 231-9712
*Fresno Office: (559) 485-7430 

Senator Harris:

*SF Office: (415) 355-9041
*DC Office: (202) 224-3553
*Sacramento Office: (916) 448-2787
*LA Office: (213) 894-5000
*San Diego Office: (619) 239-3884

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. Please tell Senator ______ thank you for opposing TrumpCare. I’d like to hear her speak out in the media AND on the Senate floor against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. She needs to make it clear that she wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions, those on Medicaid, and everyone else who depends on the Affordable Care Act for health and wellbeing.  

I'm angry and frustrated and scared, and am looking for the Senator to bring this issue to the forefront, to demand to see the details, and to protect our vulnerable neighbors and people like me. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely for her public statements in opposition. Thank you for your time. 

Advanced: Add your personal story. Here is one from an IndySoCo member:

I am a mother, a daughter of a very elderly woman and a senior citizen myself and so, as you might imagine, the ACA is extremely important to me for several reasons. I will share with you the most pressing.  

My son has a congenital kidney disease. His kidneys failed in 2011 and he started dialysis. In 2014, he underwent a successful kidney transplant,and it has transformed his life.  However, his ability to work remains limited and Medicare and MediCal provide his follow-up care and, most importantly, his anti-rejection and other drugs. To continue to benefit from that care, he needs the continued coverage MediCal provides.

Without those drugs, he will not remain alive. Please save the ACA.

3.  RESISTBOT

This is such a tight timeline that we are not sure if emails to the Senators will be read in time. So for longer healthcare stories (as per the example above), or actions over and above you calls,  we strongly suggest the free new FB application to https://www.messenger.com/t/resistbot/ Type in your cell phone number and follow the prompts, including the zip code you want to represent. The bot will find out who represents that zip code in Congress, and deliver your messages to them in under 2 minutes. No downloads or apps required. It is fast, has been out only 4 weeks. You can paste in your letters to Congress, then get instant delivery. Set it up today, you will love the results. https://www.messenger.com/t/resistbot/  

WEEK ONE: OUT OF DISTRICT WORK

4. REACH OUT

After you have made one or more of the above actions, please reach out to constituents/friends  in NV, AZ, CO, LA, ME, OH, AK and WV. Let's call them your OOT (Out of Town) folks for future reference.

5. PREPARE

 Make sure that your OOT folks have also said “going”and that they have set aside time on Wednesday 6/14 to make their call/calls. Wednesday is the big launch day! Your OOT folks should feel free to call every day after that until we get some results. Here are the phone numbers for the Senators who have not committed to TrumpCare: 

 

6. CALL SCRIPT

We want your OOT folks to to call or text Congress every day from 6/14 launch through end of June. Senate offices circulate call tallies every day.  Here is our suggested script. Do not foist this on your OOT friends but please offer if they need help:

Hello, my name is _____.  I'm calling about the Senate's version of TrumpCare.  Although no one has seen the details, I understand the plan is to bring the completed bill to the Senate floor before the end of this month. Has Senator ___ decided to support TrumpCare? 

If Yes:

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away healthcare from millions of Americans, including [X: see data here] in our State, cut the Medicaid program, increase premiums and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All that to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy. This is unacceptable to me. I will be watching closely, and I will not vote for Senator ____ if he/she supports any form of TrumpCare.

Optional: [I/my family member] [am/is] at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] [have/has] a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against me. My health depends on Senator ______ voting against TrumpCare or anything resembling TrumpCare.

If Has Not Decided:

This is far too important an issue to rush through this way. The House version attempted the same rush, and has been universally panned because of the intended and unintended consequences for the American people. I am dismayed that this fast-track plan eliminates any opportunity for your constituents to evaluate the impact this bill would have on our health and our lives. I call for full and open hearings. I won't forget how Senator ____ votes when he/she is up for re-election.  

7. ADVANCED CALLING

On your second call day (6/15) ask to talk to a Senate Health Care staffer. 

  • When your OOT folks call a Senate office have them use their own words ask to speak to the relevant Health Legislative Assistant.
  • When your OOT folks  get through, have them give their zip code, explain that they are a constituent with grave concerns about how the bill will affect them. Then explain WHY.
  • These staffers are human beings. They work on health care because they care about health. Even if their bosses don't. Tell your story. See #2 above for a great personal story.
  • What you and your OOT folks want is for health staffers to be telling their bosses that they've spent all day with the phone from freaked-out constituents. 

 

 8. WRITE

Incidentally, it's also worth EMAILING the legislative assistants w/personal notes. This is how you figure out their email address mike.fisher@capito.senate.gov. First name dot last name dot @ last name of senator dot senate dot gov. Hope that helps!

Background:

Mitch McConnell intends to fast-track a new health care bill without effective public scrutiny or appropriate evaluation.This reverse Robin Hood plan will take insurance away from or worsen coverage for the middle class, poor, sick, and elderly, and use the savings to cut taxes for the wealthy. And McConnell plans to bring it to the house for a vote before Americans can understand what it all means. 

https://thinkprogress.org/senate-republicans-are-launching-an-audacious-plan-to-pass-health-care-75d9135c1f19

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/stop-TrumpCare/ 

http://www.snopes.com/2017/06/08/republicans-TrumpCare-comey/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/us/politics/republicans-trump-comey-hearing.html 

More on next week’s action to Stop #TrumpCare in our Thursday action email alert. Thank you!