While you're microwaving your popcorn in anticipation of Jeff Sessions' possibly incriminating testimony today, think about the 23 million people who will lose their healthcare if we take no action. Mitch McConnell wants a vote on TrumpCare before July 4, before Senators leave to face their possibly sick or dying constituents during the August recess. This bill is so bad that they don't want anybody to see it, so they want to bring it to the floor for a vote without any hearings or debate. Our best hope is to ask our senators to delay as much as possible by any means possible. If GOP Senators have to face their angry constituents at home before voting on the bill, they’re more likely to think twice about passing it.
We're going to have a healthcare marathon until this TrumpCare is dead. For good. Here's what you need to do:
Action 1: Ask Senators Cantwell and Murray to delay business in the Senate as much as possible by any means possible.
Log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1
Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400
My name is [name] calling from [place, zip]. I’m very concerned about Mitch McConnell’s plan to push the GOP healthcare bill through without committee hearings or debate. I’m calling to urge Senator [name] to delay Senate business by any means possible, so we have a chance of GOP senators having to face their constituents before voting on this inhumane bill. (Add your story here if you have one - stories are the ammunition our Senators need.)
Action 2: Call other Senators.
Call the nine GOP Senators who are showing signs of being ambivalent about the healthcare bill. We don’t normally suggest calling outside our own representatives, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Let’s flood their phones with calls!
You can ask for the staffer in charge of healthcare. Below are the senators’ phone numbers and healthcare staffer names.
Cory Gardner (Colorado) (202) 224-5941 Alison Toal
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) (202) 224-6472 Dana Richter
Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) (202) 224-5824 Matt Gallivan
Susan Collins (Maine) (202) 224-2523 Amy Pellegrino
Dean Heller (Nevada) (202) 224-6244 Rachel Green
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) (202) 224-6665 Morgan Griffin
Dan Sullivan (Alaska) (202) 224-3004 Tyler Roberts
Rob Portman (Ohio) (202) 224-3353 Sarah Schmidt
Tom Cotton (Arkansas) (202) 224-2353 Abigail Welborn
I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote “no” on TrumpCare. The bill will cause millions to lose their healthcare and premiums will skyrocket for the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. (Or even better, include your own story here -- it's really critical so that these staffers don't just dismiss you as an out of stater)
Action 3: Ask your friends for help
Go through your address book methodically and think of anyone you know who lives in the above 9 states. Facebook makes this easy for you - Search for "Friends in Nevada" (or whatever state you're calling) to get a list of friends who live there. Get in touch and alert them to the urgency of the situation. Tell them that they can make a difference and literally help save lives if they call their senators and ask them to vote “no” on TrumpCare.
This is an even better than making the phone call. Attend the RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY rally today at 11:45 AM, outside the Federal Building at 915 Second Ave. You can let the senators' staffers know how you feel then.
If you've already made these calls:
You might as well make the calls again for good measure, but in addition, here's a place we can use Indivisible tactics at the state level:
Governor Jay Inslee is starting to pull back from the Democrats ambitious plan for progressive revenue to comply with the McCleary decision and fund our schools. He's suggested taking a capital gains tax off the table, which would only hit the richest taxpayers, while the Republicans have not taken their property tax hike off the table, which would amount to a big cash transfer from Seattle to the rest of the state. This is unacceptable. We should not cave on this. Let Governor Inslee, your two state legislators, and your state senator know that.
Governor Jay Inslee
Look up your state legislators at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/
"Hi, my name is [name], and I'm calling from [place, zip]. I support a capital gains tax to fund public education, and want [person] to continue to push for a budget under the framework of HB 2186."