THE “WE THE PEOPLE” AGENDA: PROTECT OUR HEALTHCARE
With Congress returning to DC next week, we at ORD2 – Indivisible are presenting our “We the People” agenda. Each day this week, we will communicate a top priority to our Members of Congress, and ask them to fight for it in September. First up: healthcare.
Republicans failed spectacularly at repealing Obamacare because of our resistance. As their attacks continue, we need to keep up the pressure.
Trump continues to threaten to stop paying the subsidies to insurance companies, which are a core part of Obamacare. The CBO estimates that stopping these payments will increase premiums by 20% and the deficit by $194 million http://nyti.ms/2vGlNSE.
Senator Graham’s repeal bill would allow states to fund healthcare with block grants – getting the money by ending Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies http://bit.ly/2hl1hUu. Block grants are budget cuts in disguise http://lat.ms/1UhWnmW.
Some Republicans are putting the health of almost 6 million kids on the line: they are threatening not to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unless parts of Obamacare are repealed http://to.pbs.org/2hbyUIh.
• CHIP expires on Sept. 30, just weeks after Congress reconvenes.
• States will begin to run out of CHIP funds within weeks or months. Oregon’s funds will dry up by March 31, 2018 http://bit.ly/2ixnCOU.
Trump and the GOP are playing politics with our healthcare.
Healthcare is a human right!
Our Members of Congress must lead the charge to protect it!
**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY, AND CONGRESSMAN WALDEN**
If you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail! It all makes a difference!
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, ZIP code [–]. I am OUTRAGED by the GOP’s and Trump’s attempt to sabotage our healthcare to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. Thank you for all you did to stop the ACA repeal. I am counting on you to lead the charge in Congress to fix the ACA and protect CHIP. We deserve quality healthcare for all.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, ZIP code [–]. I am OUTRAGED by the GOP’s and Trump’s attempt to sabotage and take away our healthcare to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. I remember your vote to repeal the ACA. It’s time for you to put people and country ahead of party by leading the charge in Congress to fix the ACA and protect CHIP. We deserve quality healthcare for all.”
**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. And help them to call and tell their Members of Congress to fix the ACA and reauthorize CHIP.
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400