KEEP THOSE HEALTH CARE CALLS COMING
The latest Senate health care bill is no improvement. Medicaid cuts are STILL deeper than the House version. Insurance companies can STILL write policies without coverage for maternity care or ambulance rides and with low lifetime caps. Pre-existing conditions are STILL barriers to receiving health care. All this before considering lost coverage for older adults, people with disabilities, and children.
Senator McConnell is planning a vote next week. He is offering deals. He is having an emergency meeting at 11:30 EST.
This fight is NOT OVER!
— No sitting governors supported the first McConnell plan. http://bit.ly/2uj15L4
— Keeping the tax on the wealthiest and tossing in some other available resources will only restore 1/5th of the proposed $1.2 trillion in cuts to services. http://bit.ly/2t4rdJj
— The Senate plan will cover just 58% of costs under a minimal individual plan. A major illness will RUIN anyone with a modest income. http://wapo.st/2ujjuaz
— Think Medicaid cuts won’t affect you (or your parents) because of Medicare? Read this: http://nyti.ms/2ujLM4B
It’s not over ’til it’s over!
KEEP MAKING THOSE HEALTH CARE CALLS!
**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY**
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I believe that the country can’t afford the damage that the Republican health care bill will cause. This is a national emergency. Please leave nothing on the table in the push to defeat this bill. Thank you.”
Voicemails count; leave a message if you don’t connect with a live body.
**ACTION 2: COMMENT ON NEWS COVERAGE OF THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE**
Comments are read by the newspaper editorial board and they can change coverage. Tell your story.
**ACTION 3: SHARE THIS DAILY ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA**
Encourage other people to share their stories. Don’t worry about repeating ourselves. It might take a few times to educate the decision makers and the media. They want our help. Our stories matter. PERSIST!
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Opinion piece from an OHSU ED physician: