Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

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Action 1: Ask Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski to say “No” to the new Trumpcare

We are continuing our renewed healthchare marathon focusing on one skeptical Republican Senator per day! Today's version of the healthcare repeal bill included a measure clearly intended to buy out Alaska's Senator Lisa Murkowski, who would be particularly affected by higher premiums in her rural state:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/gop-health-bill-steers-cash-to-home-state-of-reluctant-senator

But Murkowski is still wary of Medicaid cuts and protective of Planned Parenthood. Let's remind Senator Murkowski that this bill will still devastate her state. Call her office yourself, and then use this link to find Facebook friends in Alaska and ask them to call too: https://www.facebook.com/search/people/?q=friends%20in%20alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (Alaska) (202)-224-6665

SCRIPT: “My name is [NAME], I am calling to urge Senator Murkowski to stand up for her constituents and not allow minor changes in the bill to win over her support for the BCRA. No minor amendment will make this bill anything but financially disastrous and life-threatening to her constituents, particularly women who get reproductive care from Planned Parenthood and those who depend on Medicaid [add personal story if possible].”

Action 2: Ask Cantwell to Reach Out to Murkowski, and Ask Murray to Keep Fighting

Senator Cantwell has a bipartisan working relationship with Murkowski and may have some influence with her. And both Senators have asked us to keep calling in support of access to affordable healthcare. They use the number of calls they receive as evidence that public opinion is against Trumpcare. Even if you called yesterday, call again today to thank them and urge them to use all possible means to oppose the bill.

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

SCRIPT (for Cantwell): “My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] . I am calling to thank Senator Cantwell for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. We know that the new bill retains the vast majority of its draconian cuts to Medicaid and the exchanges. Please reach out to Senator Murkowski, with whom you are currently working on a bipartisan energy bill, and ask her to vote no.”

SCRIPT (for Murray): “My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] . I am calling to thank Senator Murray for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. We know that the new bill retains the vast majority of its draconian cuts to Medicaid and the exchanges. Ask her to use every possible tool--including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment--and tell her that her constituents will have her back.”

GOOD NEWS: With Susan Collins and Rand Paul coming out against the new draft today, we only need one more defector to send them back to drawing board. Thanks to everyone who helped pressure Collins on Wednesday! http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/sens-collins-and-paul-says-they-will-vote-against-gop-health-bill.html