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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Americans' access to insurance is under attack. Be an Open Enrollment Resource

The Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Nov. 1 - Jan. 12.

 

THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS IN COLORADO IS $369/MONTH FOR THOSE WHO BUY ON THE INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

 

Many working people miss out on this opportunity. Be a resource in your community and remind your networks about this critical time!

 

Insurance Under Assault

Trump cut the open enrollment period in half nationally -- from three months to 45 days. The federal enrollment website -- not our Colorado one -- will mysteriously shut down nearly every Sunday during the period. And federal advertising to promote enrollment has been cut by 90%. We're sure he had good reasons.

But Colorado is Colorado, and our state has stepped up to offer a longer enrollment period, all the way to January 12th. According to one source, fully 20% of the expected 35% average individual market 2018 rate increase was caused by Republican efforts to undermine the exchanges.

The good news is that enrollments are strong so far this year. 

 

Open Enrollment 101

Open Enrollment is the public's opportunity to buy health insurance for the coming year through one of the state or federal insurance plan exchanges created  by the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. In Colorado, we have an exchange called Connect for Health.

For working-age folks without insurance plans provided by an employer or other party, this is their main chance to shop for subsidy-eligible plans that scale with their income. This period is also the only time that most people utilizing ACA exchange plans can make changes to their existing policies or fringe benefits.  For those on Medicare, the enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, and this is their chance to remain on the main Medicare program or enroll in supplemental programs. 

Individuals with incomes below $48,240 and families of four with incomes below $98,400 qualify for premium tax credits, though every individual and family should check their own eligibility. 

Chances are you know a few people in your community who may not be aware of the Open Enrollment Period for either public exchange insurance or Medicare. 

 

Here are a few key resources on what's different in 2018 and how individuals can seek assistance when shopping for a plan:

There are several changes in 2018, but strangest among them: Gold level plans may no longer be better than Silver level plans. Learn more here

Curious to see ballpark plan costs in your area without creating an exchange account first? Click here

Want extra help in shopping for plans or accessing the system -- be it by phone, in person, or at a training event? Head here

Connect for Health Colorado is our state's public health insurance exchange. Head there to shop for 2018.

 

Stay Healthy America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Ask MoCs to Re-authorize CHIP

Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in. 

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Check the map below to see when your state runs out of CHIP funding, and call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from Colorado's Third Congressional District. I’m calling to ask that the Gardner/Bennet/Tipton to support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. 

Staffer: Thanks for calling. Gardner/Bennet/Tipton is strongly supportive of CHIP. 

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Caller: If Gardner/Tipton were really strongly supportive of CHIP, he/she would have insisted that leadership schedule a vote on reauthorization ASAP. Our state runs out of CHIP funding in [check the map above]. What is Gardner/Tipton doing to make sure CHIP gets reauthorized ASAP? 

Staffer: I’m not sure, but he/she is strongly supportive. I can pass on your thoughts. 

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Gardner/Tipton does to make sure CHIP is reauthorized. 

CALL SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET
Denver Metro Office: 303-455-7600 or Toll Free: 866-455-9866
Arkansas Valley Office: 719-542-7550
San Luis Valley Office: 719-587-0096
Pikes Peak Office: 719-328-1100
Northern Colorado - Eastern Plains Office: 970-224-2200
Northwest/I-70W Office: 970-241-6631
Four Corners Office: 970-259-1710
Washington, D.C. Office: 202-224-5852

Caller: Thank you. Our state runs out of funding [check the map above] so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate Bennet’s support. 

Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to Bennet.

Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: Submit Public Testimony

The Graham-Cassidy Bill isn't dead yet. 

With John McCain saying that he won't vote for the Graham-Cassidy Bill, there is hope that this last-ditch effort by Republicans to repeal the ACA before September 30th will be dead in the water. 

But it is still worthwhile to take a few moments to submit Public Testimony prior to Monday's Graham-Cassidy Hearing. 

Here's an idea of what to write in your email:

I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

Sincerely, [name] 

[town, state]

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: Write Thank You Cards to the Senators who voted against TrumpCare

On Thursday, Senators Murkowski, Collins, and McCain broke with their GOP ranks and voted against a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare, defeating the repeal 51 to 49. This is a big deal for America, and it’s a big deal for Colorado. So, please send them a thank you note! 


And perhaps most importantly, please send a note to our very own Senator Michael Bennet for his unwaveringly support for protecting healthcare for Coloradans. 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Protest taking $213M from effective teen pregnancy prevention. (hat tip)

Email: Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price at Secretary@HHS.gov

Script: I’m writing because the US teen pregnancy rate is at an all-time low thanks to our effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The recent HHS decision to defund it two years ahead of schedule jeopardizes young women’s futures, increases costs, and risks raising the teen pregnancy rate to previous levels. I want to see funding reinstated. Thank you. Name, state, ZIP

Bonus: Carbon copy your three MoCs.

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Stop TrumpCare Once and For All

This is not over. Despite numerous pronouncements of TrumpCare’s demise, Senator McConnell managed to buy off enough Republican Senators to get to 50 votes on the “motion to proceed (MTP),” with Mike Pence to break the tie. The MTP was a key procedural vote, but now that McConnell has bribed his caucus into starting “debate,” he faces yet another tough hurdle: he needs to get 50 Senators to actually vote for “the bill” itself.

Usually a vote for the MTP signals support for the underlying bill. But Senators literally do not know which bill they’re taking a final vote on, and many of them have come out against some previous iteration of the bill. This is far from over.

HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT.

Tuesday and Wednesday: “time for debate.” Democratic and Republican Senators will take turns going to the Senate floor to give speeches. This is what they mean when they say they’ll have “time for debate”—except it’s not a debate at all. They won’t have the benefit of complete CBO scores on final legislative text (because they won’t know which legislative text is the final legislative text) and they won’t even have final guidance from the Parliamentarian as to which provisions conform to the Senate’s rules.

Thursday: “vote-a-rama.” One of the rules that goes along with using the reconciliation process in the Senate is that there has to be unlimited time to consider amendments. Senators call this “vote-a-rama.” This is when we expect McConnell to call up various versions of the bill: full repeal, Senate TrumpCare, or maybe even other lesser-known contenders. Thursday is the day when we’ll finally find out what exactly the Senate is voting on—but we won’t have a CBO score on it and likely won’t have final guidance from the Senate Parliamentarian either.

Thursday night or Friday: final vote. There will be a final vote either very late Thursday night or Friday morning. Though this could change, it looks like McConnell is leaning toward a “lowest common denominator strategy,” meaning the bare minimum Republican senators will agree to. That would, McConnell hopes, set up him to go to a “conference committee” where the House and Senate jointly meet to reconcile differences between their respective bills.

HERE’S OUR OPPORTUNITY. 

The rest of this week is critical, because the clock is now ticking in the Senate. We don’t know how much time is on the clock, but the countdown has begun. We can still win this. 

It goes without saying that both Democrats and Republicans should oppose “final passage” of the mystery bill. Whatever Mitch McConnell comes up with to get 50 votes will be a nightmare for any state. But he may try to blow up the Senate rules—again. That’s where your Democratic Senators come in. 

As you know, Republicans are using a process called budget reconciliation, or just “reconciliation,” to pass TrumpCare. Reconciliation allows Congress to pass legislation with only 51 votes in the Senate, but it comes with major strings attached. Those strings are the “Byrd Rule,” named for Senator Robert Byrd. Prior to consideration of a reconciliation bill, provisions must go through the Byrd Bath (which we explain in detail here.) The Senate Parliamentarian plays referee here, determining whether certain provisions meet the standard for having a “budgetary effect.” But these calls can be overruled by the Presiding Officer of the Senate—who is always a Republican Senator or Vice President Pence.

That means Democrats should be on watch for any provision that doesn’t pass the Byrd rules included in the TrumpCare bill (and there are at least seven of them). And Republicans should respect decades of precedent instead of changing the Senate rules—again—to jam their TrumpCare bill through.

Asks for Democrats: 

Democrats need to raise a “point of order” against any provision or amendment that breaks the Byrd rule.

Democrats need to be ready to offer as many amendments as possible to delay the final vote as long as possible, if that’s the best response to Republicans’ plans.

Asks for Republicans:

Tell your Republican Senator to vote against “final passage” of the Republican health care bill. Every version of this bill would be devastating and no Senator should vote for it.

Ask that your Republican Senator uphold the rules of the by following the guidance of the Parliamentarian.

SAMPLE CALLS TO SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET AND SENATOR CORY GARDNER

CALL TO SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET - 202-224-5852

Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I am calling from Colorado's Congressional District 3. I want to thank Senator Bennet for continuing to oppose the TrumpCare bill. I’ve heard that because this legislation is a reconciliation bill, it means there are certain provisions that would not be permitted under long-standing rules rules of the Senate. I’m concerned that Republican senators will blow up the rules, and overrule the Senate Parliamentarian. What will the senator do to ensure the Byrd Rule is followed?

Staffer: The Senator is monitoring this process very closely to ensure bill does not pass. 

Caller: While this is good to hear, I’m concerned that when push comes to shove, the Republican Senators will blow up the rules in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I want to know that Senator Bennet will do everything in his/her power to save healthcare for 22 million people. That includes raising a point of order against provisions the Senate Parliamentarian says breaks the rules. I want the Senator to work with his/her colleagues to ensure this is no avenue for Republicans to change the rules of the game so they can pass TrumpCare. Please tell the Senator that I will be watching his/her actions closely.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator you know your thoughts, and please know Senator Bennet is doing everything he/she can to defend the Affordable Care Act. 

Caller: Thank you. I hope everything he/she can includes raising a point of order against every questionable provision of the bill.

CALL TO SENATOR CORY GARDNER: 202-224-5941

Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I am calling from Colorado's Congressional District 3. Has Senator Gardner taken a position on the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act?

Staffer: The senator is following the debate closely and will make a decision once time for debate ends.

Caller: That’s terrible. This bill will be terrible for Colorado. Thousands of people from our state will lose their coverage, costs will go up, and people with pre-existing conditions will lose their protections. I know the Senator wants to repeal Obamacare, but this replacement will hurt millions of people across the country. 

Staffer: Obamacare is imploding and premiums are skyrocketing. The Senator has to act to protect Americans from its utter failure.

Caller: That’s not true. Premiums are rising at lower levels than before the ACA was passed, and even when premiums rise, so do the tax credits to help people afford insurance. That’s not how it will work under this bill, and it will mean people go without the care they need. 

Staffer: I’m sorry we disagree. 

Caller: Well hopefully we can at least agree to uphold the longstanding rules of the Senate. I’ve heard that because this legislation is a reconciliation bill, it means there are certain provisions that the Senate Parliamentarian says can’t go through under long-standing rules of the Senate. I’m concerned that Senator Gardner will ignore the Parliamentarian, and ignore decades of Senate precedent, in order to jam this bill through. Will Senator Gardner follow the guidance of the Parliamentarian? 

Staffer: The Senator believes in following the established rules of the Senate.

Caller: While that’s good to hear, I’m concerned that when push comes to shove, the Senator will support ignoring the rules in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip healthcare away from 22 million people. I want to be clear: if the Senator has to decide whether or not to ignore the Parliamentarian’s guidance on provisions that violate the Byrd Rule, I want him/her to follow the Parliamentarian’s guidance. The rules of the Senate are too important to blow up over a political vote on the Affordable Care Act. The other problem is that the Senate is voting on a final bill without a complete CBO score. That is terrible and it means that Senator Gardner is voting without all the facts.

Staffer: We can’t trust CBO anyway. I’ll be sure to let the Senator know of your thoughts. 

Caller: Yes, please do. And once the Senator upholds Senate precedent, please tell Senator Gardner to vote no on final passage.

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

#KillTheBill:  TrumpCare is on its last legs. Now, it’s time to finish it.

Two Republican Senators—Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah (thank you for your calls!)—will oppose TrumpCare. That means that Republicans DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES to pass the bill.

This is huge news, and it’s a triumph for the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who called, protested, and showed up to district offices and town halls and rallies to fight for our health care and our lives.

But let’s be clear: this fight isn’t over. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will pull out all the stops to pass an ACA repeal bill. In fact, after failing to get enough votes to pass this most recent version of TrumpCare, McConnell has now indicated he will try to ram through a straight repeal bill. This is a last-ditch effort—and the only thing that will finish TrumpCare off for good is a wave of constituent power.

What you can do:

1. Show up at an action in Colorado TODAY:

Rally for Universal Health Care
Senator Cory Gardner’s Durango Office
329 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite I
When:  Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 AM

#KillTheBill
Senator Cory Gardner's Fort Collins Office
2001 S. Shields Street, Building H
When:  Tuesday, July 18, 9:00 AM

2. Visit (or call) Senator Gardner’s other offices and demand that he uphold the Affordable Care Act and protect health coverage for all Americans.  Take photos, take video, post to social media.

Colorado Springs
719-632-6706
102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 930
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Denver                    
303-391-5777
1125 17th Street, Suite 525
Denver, CO 80202

Grand Junction      
970-245-9553
400 Rood Avenue, Federal Bldg.
Suite 220
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Greeley                   
970-352-5546
801 8th Street, Suite 140A
Greeley, CO 80631

Pueblo                
719-543-1324
503 N. Main Street, Suite 426
Pueblo, CO 81003

Washington, DC    
202-224-5941
354 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Yuma                      
970-228-7175
529 North Albany Street, Suite 1220
Yuma, CO 80759

Mitch McConnell will keep trying to gut the Affordable Care Act because he would rather cut taxes for billionaires than let 32 million people keep their health insurance—the number that would lose insurance with a full repeal. Every day we stop him is a victory. Stay in this fight with us.

Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect – New York Times

GOP gives up on replacing Obamacare now: McConnell and Trump call for simply repealing – CNBC

McConnell: Senate will try to repeal ObamaCare with delayed replacement - The Hill

www.indivisibleguide.com

 

 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

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Call the six Republican Senators who are on the fence about Trumpcare.  Let them know that you vehemently OPPOSE.  We need only three Republicans to reject Trumpcare to stop this devastating and unpopular bill.  These Senators are the ones who can make or break this fiasco of a bill that affects us all.  Even though we are not their constituents, we are their fellow Americans.  Keep the pressure on!

Last week, the Republicans announced their "new" Trumpcare bill. It's as disastrous as its nearly identical precursor. It kicks tens of millions of Americans off health care, ends Medicaid as we know it, and defunds Planned Parenthood.  And in some ways, this new Trumpcare bill is even worse than the last one. It guts protections for people with preexisting conditions—that can be anything from cancer to pregnancy to mental illness to diabetes to addiction.  

Even though the vote has been delayed by Mitch McConnell, it is important that these key Senators hear from you NOW.  Tell these six senators that you oppose Trumpcare and that it's wrong to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans.  Time, and number of calls, are of the essence!  

Mike Lee, Utah
361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5444
Contact: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

John Hoeven, North Dakota
338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2551
Contact: www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator

Dean Heller, Nevada
324 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6244
Contact: www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6665
Contact: www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Rob Portman, Ohio
448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3353
Contact: www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact…

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
172 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6472
Contact: www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

McConnell isn’t interested in fixing health care—he wants 50 votes and a political win for his party. Your advocacy matters immensely. No matter where you live, please call these senators today. 

In addition, please call Republican Senator Cory Gardner and let him know that you oppose this bill.

Senate Republicans Say They “Fixed” TrumpCare. Don’t Believe Them. - Indivisible

Latest GOP Health Care Bill Sees Immediate Defections from Republicans - NBC

McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery - CNN

Republican health bill: latest draft would scrap contraception mandate - the Guardian

The new GOP health-care plan is still an abomination - Washington Post Editorial

With gratitude to K.L. for this Daily Action.

TOMORROW:  #KILLTHEBILL DAY OF ACTION: VISIT YOUR LOCAL SENATOR'S OFFICES and demand that they vote NO on TRUMPCARE.

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

This July Fourth recess, we celebrate our freedom. And we stand up for a fundamental belief: health care is a human right. Last week constituent power protected this right by delaying the vote on TrumpCare, something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell desperately tried—and failed—to avoid. Now, during this week of congressional recess, we are pressing our advantage. While senators are back home for July 4th, we’ll be making clear a very simple point: the American people do not want TrumpCare. Here’s how.

Hold your senators accountable this recess with the truth about TrumpCare

We’ve got all the July 4th recess resources at recess.indivisibleguide.com—including more info on this week’s to-do list, call scripts, and explainers (and a pep talk for Indivisibles from Vice President Joe Biden). Here are some key new resources to use in your fight against TrumpCare:

  1. Questions for your senator on TrumpCare. This July Fourth recess, you need to stand up and speak out to ensure that your senators stand firmly against a bill that would rip coverage away from 22 million Americans, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and devastate Medicaid and the people who rely on it. Ask the right questions and demand answers.
  2. What does delay in the Senate really mean for TrumpCare?The vote delay is a major blow to TrumpCare, but the delay does not mean the bill is dead. What the delay won us is crucial: time. We won the opportunity this recess to make clear to senators exactly how unpopular this heartless legislation is.
  3. TrumpCare destroys Medicaid as we know it. The Senate’s version of the TrumpCare bill is out, and it’s as monstrous as we thought: in order to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, TrumpCare makes the deepest cuts to Medicaid in its 52-year history.
  4. TrumpCare = Higher costs for all Americans. TrumpCare would drive costs for consumers way up. Here’s what consumers can expect under the Senate version of TrumpCare, and why you should tell your Senator to vocally and unwaveringly oppose it.
  5. TrumpCare fails people with pre-existing conditions. You may have heard just the opposite—that people with pre-existing conditions are protected, and that this version of TrumpCare is “nicer” or “better” than the House version for that reason. Don’t fall for it. It’s still much worse than current law. And, if you’re one of the 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, you could be the one paying the price.
  6. How TrumpCare will worsen the Opioid Crisis in America. One of McConnell’s biggest bribes for votes is putting more funding in the bill to fight opioid addiction. But there’s no way your senator should fall for this token acknowledgement of what a serious crisis the opioid epidemic is.

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose making healthcare deals in exchange for McConnell’s “candy.”

Look: If your senators are mentioned in this article, call them today.

Call: Your two senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet .

Script:

Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling about healthcare. I know that Sen. McConnell is offering money to sweeten deals to get 50 votes.Our health isn’t for sale. Please tell Sen. [name] his/her constituents are relying on him/her to support excellent healthcare for all people, not a tax cut for the wealthy few. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Cory Gardner and the American Health Care Act.  Senator Gardner - you must speak with your constituents.

Call Senator Gardner
Script:  I’m calling from [ZIP].  I am curious why Senator Gardner has been unable to speak with his constituents IN PERSON, yet he has plenty of time to hold private meetings at a retreat with the Koch brothers at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs during his time off.  Please let him know that his constituents across the state are waiting to speak to him about his stance on the American Health Care Act, and other important issues, and the fact that he is prepared to take health care away from 22 million Americans.  We expect that he will take the time to speak with us IN PERSON about this vital issue while he is back in Colorado. 

Disabled protesters arrested at Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office after 2-day sit-in - The Denver Post

Protesters Spend Night at Cory Gardner’s Denver Office to Fight Health Care Bill – The Denver Post

Cory Gardner wants to slow Senate GOP’s Push for Quick Health Care Vote - The Denver Post

Cory Gardner attending Koch retreat in Colorado where leaders blasted the Senate GOP health care bill - The Denver Post

 

 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Advocate for patients’ rights against corporate abuse.  Call Representative Tipton and tell him to vote NO on HR 1215.

It’s back with a different name, but you have seen this bill before. H.R. 1215, the so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” does nothing to ensure that patients have access to health care. Instead, this bill would severely limit the ability of injured patients and their families to hold health care and medical providers accountable. The bill is so broadly drafted that it would also limit remedies against for-profit nursing homes, insurance providers, and even against doctors who commit intentional torts such as sexual abuse. It also contains a new provision making it more difficult to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for patient harm.

Call Scott Tipton’s Office and respectifully demand that he vote no on HR 1215.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling about HR 1215 which intends to strip patients’ rights and increase medical corporations’ protections from lawsuits. When it comes to medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice, patients’ rights need to come first. Does Representative Tipton support violating the 7th Amendment of the US Constitution?  Please ask him to vote against HR 1215.

Reminder:  TONIGHT - TELEPHONE TOWN HALL with Scott Tipton, 6PM MST
...but if you didn’t register by noon last Friday, you’re out of luck.  You might want to mention on today’s call to Mr. Tipton that you didn’t register by Friday but would still like to call in.  Let his office know how you feel about the registration deadline being set for 3 ½ days before the call.  

More info on HR 1215:

Big Business after Consumers Once Again: HR 1215 - The National Law Review

Oppose H.R. 1215: Congress Should Protect Patients. Period. – American Association for Justice

Fact Sheet: H.R. 1215 - The “Protecting Access to Unsafe Care Act of 2017” – Center for Justice and Democracy

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: PARTICIPATE IN THE #STOPTRUMPCARE SENATE NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY!

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

Together, we will win.


It looks like the fight for healthcare will come down to key Senators in 10 states. Colorado and in particular, Senator Cory Gardner is one of the #TrumpCareTen. He needs to hear what you think about TrumpCare. 

Make your voices heard.



In case you missed Monday's D3 Daily Action - here is a sample script for calling Senator Cory Gardner's office. 

SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR CORY GARDNER

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Gardner’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Gardner supports AHCA / hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including 271,500 Coloradans, cut the Medicaid program with 174,700 people losing coverage increase premiums by an average of $751 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/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 Gardner voting against the American Health Care Act.

Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected...

Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that

  • ...no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
    and/or
  • ...there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
    and/or
  • ...Senator Gardner won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

It is also important to me that there is: 

  • No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps
    and/or
  • Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
    and/or
  • Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
    and/or
  • Cost less than $X per month per person.
    and/or
  • Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.

Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.

Caller: Expanding Medicaid in Colorado has helped more than 400,000 people get coverage. Will Senator Gardner commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?

Staffer: Senator Gardner cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.

Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest 1 percent and profitable corporations?

Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator Gardner

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.

[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator Gardner has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: STOP TRUMPCARE IN THE SENATE 

The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families.

TrumpCare bill (American Health Care Act, or AHCA) would strip coverage from at least 23 million people and cut Medicaid by $800 billion, in order to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. It would also undermine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and raise premiums for American families.

The next few weeks will be critical. Call or visit our Senators and urge them to reject any bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tell them to vote NO on TrumpCare. Try to incorporate a personal story if possible.


SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR CORY GARDNER

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Gardner’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Gardner supports AHCA / hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including 271,500 Coloradans, cut the Medicaid program with 174,700 people losing coverage increase premiums by an average of $751 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/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 Gardner voting against the American Health Care Act.

Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected...

Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that

  • ...no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
    and/or
  • ...there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
    and/or
  • ...Senator Gardner won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

It is also important to me that there is: 

  • No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps
    and/or
  • Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
    and/or
  • Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
    and/or
  • Cost less than $X per month per person.
    and/or
  • Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.

Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.

Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.

Caller: Expanding Medicaid in Colorado has helped more than 400,000 people get coverage. Will Senator Gardner commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?

Staffer: Senator Gardner cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.

Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest 1 percent and profitable corporations?

Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator Gardner

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.

[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator Gardner has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.


SAMPLE CALL TO THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator Bennet’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Bennet opposes this legislation.

Caller: That’s great! Please tell Senator Bennet thank you for opposing the bill. I’d like to hear him speak out in the media or on the Senate floor against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He needs to make it clear that she/he 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.

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your message to Senator Bennet.

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely for his public statements in opposition. Thank you for your time.


A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR COLORADO: 

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

Fight For Birth Control Access Now!

President Trump is about to endanger access to birth control for millions of women. Two days ago, a plan leaked showing how Trump is preparing to allow any employer to seek a moral or religious exception from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.

What this means:

One third of women in the U.S. can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket for birth control. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act—women saved an estimated $1.4 billion in 2013 alone. Trump’s new rule would allow employers to deny coverage for free contraception by claiming a religious or moral objection. Not only does this rule violate reproductive rights and justice, it also violates the religious liberty of women who use contraception in keeping with their conscience and religious tradition. If implemented, this rule could impact millions of women who rely on free contraception each year to plan their families and their futures.

Right now the rule is with the White House Office of Management and Budget. While it is under review they are required to take a meeting or call with anyone who asks for it.

Take action now!

  1. Email to schedule a meeting or a call with the White House Office of Management and Budget. Make sure to tell them it’s about the Department of Health and Human Services’ regulation on Coverage of Preventive Services (#0938-ZB38).
  2. Call or email your Member of Congress and make your voice heard.
  3. Go to KeepBCFree.com for resources and additional actions you can take.

This D3 Daily Action courtesy of http://keepbcfree.com/

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

photo credit: flickr

photo credit: flickr

Keep speaking out on health care.  Now is the time.  Senators are using this week’s recess to gauge your needs.  Call them TODAY.

The Senate is in the midst of holding closed-door meetings to draft their version of Trumpcare, and all signs are pointing to it being just as bad as the House version. Let Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet know you’re watching.

Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. I would like _NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Specifically, (list what you want). Ideas:
1. No gender discrimination.
2. No lifetime caps.
3. To cover all pre-existing conditions.
4. To cost less than $X per month per person.
5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.
6. Start pressuring health insurance companies to decrease costs.
7. Then share a story about why one of these is important to you, personally. Thanks!

Last month, members of the House rubber-stamped this administration's irresponsible Obamacare repeal plan, which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would cover 23 million fewer Americans. Members of Congress are putting their own constituents' lives at risk, and it's unacceptable.

The bill is now in the Senate—and senators are meeting behind closed doors to draft their own version of it. It's crucial that we make our voices heard on the disastrous impact that repealing Obamacare would have. Get in touch with your senator now.

MORE INFORMATION:
Fact Check:  The Updated GOP Health Care Bill - NY Times Video
Trump: Time to go nuclear in the Senate for tax cuts, healthcare - Washington Examiner
Are Moderate Republicans Really Willing To Kill A Senate Health Care Bill? -FiveThirtyEight

With thanks to Jen Hoffman's Activism Checklist and Organizing for Action.

 

 

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

Defend the Affordable Care Act in the Senate:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is coming on Wednesday, which may kick it back to another vote in the House. Keeping pressure on your Senators is now more important than ever. Keep telling your Senators a vote for TrumpCare is unacceptable. 

Call your Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and let them know TrumpCare is NOT good for America!

Here’s everything you need to fight back.

 

 

 

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

Let Your Senators know that you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.

TrumpCare now moves on to the Senate where it will need a simple majority to pass. Unlike House Republicans, Senators have said they want to know what the full impact of TrumpCare will be before they vote on it. They will wait for a CBO score before moving forward, so it will be a week or two before any vote can occur. But they have already started negotiations, which means the time to put on the pressure is now.

Let Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet know that TrumpCare is unfixable (Below are 10 reasons why). Tell them you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.  Remind them that they will have to answer for their vote for the rest of their career.

10 Reasons why TrumpCare is a bad idea:

  1. Takes away health care from 24 million Americans. This is according to nonpartisan estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This will result in 24,000 - 44,000 more Americans dying every year from lack of insurance. Not to mention medical bankruptcies, lost wages, untreated illnesses...
  2. Hike deductibles by $1500 on average. TrumpCare pushes Americans into low-quality, high cost-sharing health insurance by providing meager tax credits compared to the Affordable Care Act. This is the opposite of what Trump promised in his campaign.
  3. End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare incentivizes states to drop consumer protections, meaning insurance companies will be able to charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. 130 million Americans have a pre-existing conditions. People could face premiums well over $100,000 a year.
  4. Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their health care. A single, 64 year old adult making $26,500/year would have to pay $14,600 in annual premiums—a 750% increase from current law.
  5. Cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of which are children, rely on.
  6. Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table for even those with employer coverage. This means a baby with a serious medical condition could use up its lifetime limits in the first month of life under TrumpCare.
  7. Make women pay more for health insurance than men. Because insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or assault survival and because pregnancy care no longer would be a required benefit, women would once again pay more for health care than men.
  8. Defund Planned Parenthood. Nearly 3 million Americans, especially women and families, receive affordable health care services annually at Planned Parenthood facilities. TrumpCare prohibits any funding from going to these clinics.
  9. Harm children with special needs by cutting Special Education funds for schools. Medicaid funds a large portion of education for students with a variety of disabilities. Buried in the bill is a provision that no longer recognizes schools as required Medicaid providers, on top of the massive cuts to the program.
  10. And, it does all of this in order to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

Fortunately, the Senate is different than the House. It moves slower and is responsive to different pressures. That’s why you’ll have real influence over TrumpCare at several levels during this process moving forward.  We need to stay on top of this.

And if you have 5 extra minutes: Write a letter/postcard to object to the all-male senate healthcare group:

Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Suggested letter: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.

Trumpcare Hits Children’s Hospitals Hard – Forbes

The American Health Care Act and the question of pre-existing conditions (5 letters) – The Denver Post

The Health Care Board’s Insults to Women – NY Times

Trumpcare Passed the House, Now What? – Indivisible Guide

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

If you live in the Montezuma County area or if you can get to Cortez, Colorado THIS MORNING, please go to the Montezuma County Courthouse to protest Representative Scott Tipton who will be attending the Montezuma County Commissioners Meeting at 8:30am. 

In casting his vote for TrumpCare last Thursday,  Representative Scott Tipton chose to give Donald Trump a few political points, at the expense of his own constituents.

As you probably know, the TrumpCare bill is a parade of horrors. It harms the poor, children, women and families, persons with disabilities, and even people with employer-provided coverage. The only folks who benefit are the wealthy and corporations.

If you cannot attend the meeting in Cortez, please make an effort to visit one Representative Scott Tipton's offices this week or make a phone call to speak to his staffers. 

HERE IS YOUR SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE:

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! I’m calling to express my disappointment and anger that Representative Tipton voted for TrumpCare. I’d like to know why he would vote to take away coverage from 24 million Americans. Can he justify his vote?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Representative Tipton voted for the American Health Care Act because Obamacare was collapsing and this bill will fix it.

Caller: That is wrong. The ACA isn’t perfect, but it has expanded access to coverage to millions of Americans. It created protections that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions wouldn’t be denied access to health care, or be forced to pay higher premiums. Instead of working to make health care better for Americans, Rep. Tipton has put millions of American lives at risk. This is unacceptable.

Staffer: Actually, the American Health Care Act contained provisions that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions aren’t charged more for their health care. More than $130 billion is allocated to protect American consumers.

Caller: That is a lie. You promised me that you wouldn’t vote on a bill that eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare creates a giant loophole for insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing more for their health care. As someone [with/who knows someone with] a [pre-existing condition], I’m angry that you would betray your word in order to give Donald Trump a political win.

If Rep. Tipton gets another chance to vote on TrumpCare, I demand that he vote no. I also want him to justify his vote to his constituents by holding a town hall this recess.

Staffer: Thank you, I will pass along your concern.

Caller: Please do, and take down my contact info, I would like a written explanation for his vote.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

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URGENT:  Call Representative Scott Tipton this morning and DEMAND he vote NO on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  If you have already called, PLEASE - CALL AGAIN.

The House will vote TODAY to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Today could determine whether Trumpcare dies or lurches lethally forward.  Rep. Scott R. Tipton is on a SHORT LIST of representatives who are leaning yes, but who are reportedly still making up their minds. Call right now and urge a NO vote on Trumpcare. If you've called before, please call again. 

Script:  "I'm a constituent and a voter in Representative Tipton's district (provide name, phone number and zip code), and I am calling to urge Rep. Tipton to vote NO on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, take away health care from 24 million Americans, and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions."  And if you have a health care story of your own, please share it —personal stories can impact lawmakers' decisions.

IT IS VITAL THAT WE CALL NOW:
The House will vote today to repeal and replace Obamacare, “setting up a dramatic moment that could give President Donald Trump the significant legislative victory he's been seeking.  Top Republicans are very confident. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy emerged from Speaker Paul Ryan's office Wednesday night all but triumphant.”
Rep. McCarthy says, “We’re going to pass it.” - CNN

With $8 Billion Deal on Health Bill, House G.O.P. Leader Says ‘We Have Enough Votes’ – NY Times:  “None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health care delivery system” that the bill would cause, said Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, the president of the American Medical Association. The latest changes, he said, “tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill — that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal.”  House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said the money was a pittance compared with the likely need. “It’s a joke,” she said. “It’s a very sad, deadly joke.”

House Republicans to Vote on Health Care Thursday - NBC