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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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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.