There has been an incredible amount of momentum around protecting the Affordable Care Act and the millions who would lose health insurance should the law be repealed as promised by the incoming administration.
Students and Physicians for a National Health Program is asking you to help us demand even more!
On Friday, January 13th, 2017, we're asking SNaHP and PNHP chapters nationwide to mobilize students and physicians at their institutions for a call-in day. Our asks are simple:1) We don't want to see our patients suffer when 30 million people lose health care coverage: We want to prevent Medicare privatization and the transformation of Medicaid into block grants 2) Even more importantly, we want equitable healthcare for everyone, in the form of single-payer: We want our congresspeople to support H.R. 676, and our senators to support the national single-payer bill Bernie Sanders will be bringing to committee
Please try to call your senators and congresspeople, and have your friends and colleagues do the same!
Find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Phone numbers for members of Congress can be found here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Phone numbers for Senators can be found here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
If you have extra time, these Republican Senators are the ones most likely to vote against ACA repeal, and thus EXTRA IMPORTANT to call. Feel free to call them even if you're not from their state!
NEVADA: Heller, Dean (R) - (202) 224-6244MAINE: Collins, Susan (R) - (202) 224-2523ALASKA: Murkowski, Lisa (R) - (202) 224-6665LOUISIANA: Cassidy, Bill (R) - (202) 224-5824OHIO: Portman, Rob (R) - (202) 224-3353TENNESSEE: Corker, Bob (R) - (202) 224-3344TENNESSEE: Alexander, Lamar (R) - (202) 224-4944ARKANSAS: Cotton, Tom (R) - (202) 224-2353WISCONSIN: Johnson, Ron (R) - (202) 224-5323WEST VIRGINIA: Capito, Shelley Moore (R) - (202) 224-6472
Likewise, these Democratic Senators are most likely to support single payer. Make sure to mention it if you're calling their office about the ACA!
Bernie Sanders (VT), lead sponsorTammy Baldwin (WI)Sherrod Brown (OH)Mazie Hirono (HI)Ed Markey (MA)Jeff Merkley (OR)Tom Udall (NM)Elizabeth Warren (MA)
P.S.There will be a prize at the 2017 SNaHP Summit in Philadelphia for the chapter that makes the most calls!
Hello, my name is XXX. May I please leave a message for Senator/Representative XXX about healthcare? I am an X year medical student at XXX School of Medicine, and am a constituent of Rep X’s district. Every day I see the effects that inadequate health insurance has on my patients, and am extremely concerned that Republican efforts to end subsidies for insurance, drastically cut Medicaid, and privatize Medicare will result in unnecessary financial suffering, physical hardship, and death. I want to thank Senator/Representative for opposing Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid and Medicare, and urge him/her to continue to fight the GOP on this issue.
Furthermore, even with the ACA, healthcare in our country is massively imperfect. Even if the ACA is not repealed, American will be left with increasing costs, narrow networks, and 30 million people without health insurance. As a future physician, I believe the best way forward for our country is to implement a single payer, national health insurance system to ensure quality affordable healthcare for all. I would urge [Representative XXX to endorse HR676] or [Senator XXX to endorse Bernie Sanders’ single payer bill], and would look forward to working with him/her to see it become a reality.
Thank you for your time!
Hello, my name is XXX. May I please leave a message for Senator/Representative XXX about healthcare? I am an X year medical student at XXX School of Medicine, and am a constituent of Rep X’s district from XYZ town/city. Every day I see the positive effects that health coverage has on my patients, and the destructive effects that a lack of coverage has. [Personal story if you have one]I am extremely concerned that cutting Medicaid, privatizing Medicare, and repealing the Affordable Care Act will result in financial and personal suffering for my patients. I urge Senator/Representative XXX to vote against a budget reconciliation resolution that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and cause suffering for my patients.
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Furthermore, even with the ACA, healthcare in our country is massively imperfect. I believe the best way forward for our country is a single payer, national health insurance program. Such a program would cover all Americans, and would result in lower costs than our current system. I urge [Representative XXX to endorse HR676] [Senator XXX to endorse Bernie Sanders’ single payer bill] as a better and cheaper way forward for our country.