Call to Action: Congressional Spring Recess and Affordable Care
April 6, 2017
Congratulations! We have won the first battle of the Trump Era in the struggle to save and build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!
Congress couldn't muster a majority to steal health care from millions of voters. We mobilized and stopped the Trump agenda in its tracks. A huge thank-you to every person who has marched, attended a town hall, visited your congressperson, made phone calls and sent emails. People power is what stopped the ACA repeal, and even ultra-conservative members of Congress had to shift their positions when faced with the people who mobilized to challenge them in their home districts.
But that was only the first act. We cannot stop now. The stated plan of Speaker Ryan and Donald Trump is to do everything that can to sabotage the ACA. First, we have to stop Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Price from engineering the collapse of the ACA, which they can do administratively. Trump made clear that ACA sabotage is his new strategy: "The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode."
Here are just a handful of the things the Trump Administration could do to undermine the ACA so that it collapses -- on us, the voters:
What's Next in the Fight to Save and Expand Affordable Care
This moment of challenge is also a moment of opportunity. Trump has signaled he would ultimately like to work with Democrats on bipartisan health care reform legislation. We should hold him to his word. He promised universal coverage. The quickest move in that direction would be to persuade states that did not expand Medicaid to do so now. In the long term, the only way to ensure universal coverage is to implement single-payer insurance. The simplest way to do that is to expand Medicare to everyone, as proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders.
This is why we need to make the April Recess hot as hell for members of Congress. We need them to commit to fortifying the ACA and opposing any effort by the Administration to destroy it. We need them to champion Medicaid expansion, to champion stronger drug pricing measures, and to champion Medicare for all.
We will help you organize and attend the town halls or other public meetings of your elected officials -- or help organize accountability actions if your senator or congress member is hiding from constituents. Now is the time to make the ACA work even better for all Americans.
Thank you for being a part of the resistance. We are winning, and we are the majority!
Town Hall or Meeting Agenda
BEGIN WITH ACCOUNTABILITY: If your Representative came out opposed to the Ryan ACA Repeal bill, say thank you! If the member indicated a yes vote or sat on the fence, give him or her holy hell. The bill was a travesty, sacrificing health care for millions of vulnerable people to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, and undoing important protections for most Americans. Only 17% of the U.S. adult population supported the bill. The members of Congress who failed to vociferously oppose the bill were comfortable with robbing benefits from many tens of thousands of their constituents. In New York State, between 58,000 to 130,000 people per congressional district would have lost health coverage, averaging almost 85,000 people per district. What was your Congressperson's margin of victory?
Demand that your Representative commit to each of the following and put each commitment in writing:
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