No Backdoor ACA Repeal!

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Thursday, November 2nd:

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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Sometime today we are supposed to see the legislative text of Trump's and the Republicans’ tax abuse proposal. Earlier this week Republican Senator Tom Cotton gave an early insight into one particularly insidious potential element of it. With Trump tweeting in support, Cotton announced plans to insert into the Senate version language repealing the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Repeal of the mandate would, of course, radically destabilize the ACA. We already knew the tax plan would be a bonanza for corporations and the wealthy. Cotton’s proposal--along with the Republican budget proviso cutting roughly one trillion dollars from Medicaid to pay for the tax giveaways--makes it clear that the tax plan is also a backdoor version of TrumpCare. Remind our Senators to call out any effort to use the tax bill to sabotage the ACA.

Action 1:  Urge our Senators to reject anti-ACA provisions in the tax bill

Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script

“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [ZIP].  I am concerned that the Republicans are trying to sneak repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate  into their tax legislation. Please speak out about this and do all you can to prevent them from sabotaging the ACA in this way.”

References:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cotton-individual-mandate-obamacare-tax-cuts

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-01/trump-backs-repealing-obamacare-individual-mandate-in-tax-bill

Action 2: VOTE!

Enough said.

Action 3: Get out the vote!

There are opportunities to canvas voters this weekend in crucial races in:

-The 31st Legislative District  https://michellerylands.nationbuilder.com/get_involved

-The 45th Legislative District https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iZrhDVIkrUmFxJ-0TsL6iQ62XQFGgklNlVoqZ2rKx4FUN0k0WjQxRjMyQzlJNExUMlhGMjc2TU5QTC4u

-And in the City of Burien https://pramila.cp.bsd.net/page/signup/burien-woa