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Call to Action: March 15, 2018


PROTECT HEALTHCARE FROM SABOTAGE


#ProtectOurCare
#StopTheSabotage

Attempts to undermine the programs that give access to healthcare for lower income Americans continues unabated.

Unable to repeal the ACA outright and not satisfied with repealing the individual mandate, Trump’s GOP–including GREG WALDEN—and Republican Senators’ latest tactic is to pull young, healthy people out of the risk pool by promoting short-term health insurance policies, exempt from ACA compliance. They are cheap because they offer limited protection. They will further destabilize the market and drive up premiums for ACA compliant policies.

Trump’s budget slashes Medicare funding by over a trillion dollars. His administration has encouraged states to request waivers allowing them to require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work. This creates an undue bureaucratic burden on recipients, most of whom already work.

Republicans have attached riders to the funding bill that would prevent the use of Medicaid or any other Federal funds for clients of Planned Parenthood. The GOP claims that their drive to defund Planned Parenthood comes from a profound respect for life. Yet they would deny women access to the vital services that Planned Parenthood provides. These include lifesaving health screenings and treatment often unavailable elsewhere in rural and low-income areas.

Raise your voice to protect healthcare!


**ACTION 1: Call Complicit Greg Walden and our Senators**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR  GREG WALDEN:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because health care for the most vulnerable Oregonians is at risk. I would like to remind Mr. Walden how much his district benefits from the ACA, Medicare and Planned Parenthood. Please ask him to consider his constituents, put people before party and his healthcare industry donors, and refuse to continue supporting proposals that will damage these vital programs. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN: 
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because health care for the most vulnerable Oregonians is at risk. Please tell the Senator to do all he can to protect Medicaid and Planned Parenthood and to prevent the promotion of junk health insurance. Thank you.”


**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Senators and Representatives to take actions to protect Medicare, Planned Parenthood and the ACA.


HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY LOBBYIST GREG WALDEN 
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me

SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY 
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
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

SENATOR RON WYDEN 
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
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/