So if you, like me, are one of the millions of Americans who are terrified/furious about Trump and the GOP’s assault on our health and are represented by two Democratic senators (or if you’ve already called your Republican senator about this so many times they recognize your number), you might be feeling a bit powerless right now.
So here are nine different things you can do as a Blue Stater (and as a Red Stater, too) without getting up from your chair to stop this nightmare from moving forward.
UPDATE 6/27: The Senate has delayed the vote on Wealthcare until after the July 4th recess. This is a big victory for the Resistance, but we’ve got to keep up the pressure to stop this bill for good - Mitch McConnell is feverishly negotiating to try to get to 50 votes as we speak. Let’s keep fighting!
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Other people’s senators won’t listen to us, but they might listen to their constituents. The SEIU and other progressive groups have set up the ACA Defenders team to help us make sure those voices are being heard. They’re running virtual phone banks to call folks in key states and connect to them their senators. You can sign up and start calling at this link.
Same basic principle as #1, except instead of calling the Working Families Party will get you set up to text your fellow resisters to organize against #Wealthcare and the rest of Trump and the GOP’s agenda. Sign up to get trained and start texting at this link.
Mitch McConnell is rushing this bill because he knows the more people learn about it, the more they’ll insist their senators put a stop to it. The Indivisible Guide team isn’t standing by and letting him get away with it.
Because the Republicans are using reconciliation to jam this bill through, they have to allow an unlimited number of amendments, which all then need to be voted on on the Senate floor during a “vote-a-rama.” Indivisible is organizing folks to send their own senators as many amendments as possible to submit.
The more our senators introduce, the longer we delay the final vote. The longer we delay the final vote, the more people find out that the Republicans are trying to take health insurance away from millions of people to cut taxes for the wealthy.
You can submit yours here.
The best way to motivate any senator is with your vote. Unfortunately, there’s only one Republican senator from a state that voted for Hillary Clinton up for re-election in 2018. But since Senate Republicans can only have two of their senators vote no and still pass #Trumpcare, that one could easily be the one that stops this disaster from going any further.
That senator is Nevada’s Dean Heller. He’s among nine GOP senators who have expressed some “misgivings” about #TrumpDontCare, and he’s got to be feeling the pressure… especially since the news broke that he trails a generic Democrat 46-39 in the polls, and Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is planning on challenging him next November.
Let’s send him a message. Donate to Rep. Rosen’s campaign here. Then contact Senator Heller at his campaign site and on Twitter. Let him know you’ve contributed to her, and that you’re going to do so again and again until he announces he’ll #SaveOurCare.
(And you can also follow Jacky Rosen on Twitter, too.)
UPDATE: Heller has announced he cannot support the bill “in this form.” The Resistance is making a difference! But he’s leaving himself some wiggle room to vote for this bill after it’s renegotiated. Let’s tell him we appreciate his position, but we’re going to keep donating to Jacky Rosen until he categorically says NO without exception.
Folks have a hard time conceptualizing what it means for 23 million people to lose their health insurance. But they get it when they hear what it means for you and your family. If you have a story to share about how you’ve benefited from #Obamacare or #Medicaid or what it would mean for you if Trumpcare passes, call your own senator and share it with them so they can help make their case to the public and the press.
Remember – the Senate vote is NOT the last chance to stop this bill. Even if they do get 50 votes in the Senate, before it goes to Trump’s desk either a) the House needs to pass the Senate’s version or b) the House and the Senate need to come up with a compromise between their bills which BOTH houses then need to pass again.
If they claim they can’t make a commitment on a bill they haven’t seen or that isn’t final, tell them you want them to oppose any bill that a) cuts Medicaid, b) defunds Planned Parenthood and/or c) the CBO says will leave more people without health insurance. (As of 6/26, the CBO says the Senate version of the bill will leave 22 million more people without health insurance by 2026.)
(And if they still won’t commit to opposing it, it might be time to start familiarizing yourself with the candidates challenging House Republicans.)
P.S.: If you’re having trouble getting through to your senators OR your reps, try using the Stance app. Stance lets you record a voicemail and then deliver it to your members of Congress without waiting on hold.
If you’re from one of the 31 states (plus Washington D.C.) that expanded Medicaid under the #ACA, you’ve got another way to put pressure on the Senate – through your governor, whether they’re a Democrat or a Republican.
Give them a call. Tell them you believe that your state has benefited from expanding Medicaid and that you want them to publicly and privately put pressure on whatever senators they think they can influence to stop them from leaving millions of people unable to afford health insurance.
This is less stopping Trumpcare and more shielding us from the worst of it, but all the same. If the federal government is going to let us down on health care reform until Trump is out of office, the states need to step up.
Per the awesome team at Rogan’s List (disclaimer, I’m part of it), single-payer health care legislation is under consideration in at least 15 states already. Check out Healthcare-Now!’s list here. If your state is one of them, connect to the organizers and commit to getting involved. If it’s not, Healthcare-Now! has resources to help you start building support for single-payer.
Okay. I will grant you – this is not going to help you stop Trumpcare from a blue state. But it IS important, taking action on it might make you feel better, and unlike with health care the Republicans can’t use a procedural trick to avoid needing 60 votes. If Democrats hold firm, we can stop the #WrongChoiceAct in the Senate.
Congressional Republicans are working tirelessly to roll back the critical Dodd-Frank protections Democrats put in place to regulate Wall Street and the big banks and prevent another recession. Since apparently taking away 23 million people's health insurance doesn't seem damaging enough.
You can read the Center for American Progress team making the case against this legislation here. Once you’re done, Americans for Financial Reform has built a tool that allows you to easily find out how your representative voted (spoiler alert: if they're a Democrat they voted no, and if they're a Republican unless their name is Walter Jones they voted yes) and send them a message either thanking them for their vote or holding them accountable for it. Worth using to let them know this didn't escape our attention at this link.
Then, reach out to your senators – by e-mail, to avoid jamming up the phones for people calling about health care. Let them know you're angry the House moved this forward, and if they want your vote they should make sure it doesn't go any further.
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