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Call to Action: Senate Vote Ahead – Stop Trumpcare

I’m going to let Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) explain what’s going on in his eight-tweet thread from last evening — and then we are getting down to business.

@ChrisMurphyCT tweet thread dd. 23JUL2017

Here’s HuffPo on status of this latest iteration of Repeal-and-Replace-ACA. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said, “It appears we’ll have a vote on Tuesday but we don’t know whether we’ll be voting on the House bill, the first version of the Senate bill, the second version of the Senate bill,” sounding very unhappy about being kept in the dark.

Agreed — this is not how a democracy is run.

Two more things you need to know:

— Trump’s administration is trying to crash the ACA; it terminated contractors in 18 cities to help with signups. Think of this as the equivalent of voter disenfranchisement by eliminating polls, only in this case, it could have deadly affects on citizens.

Trump “asked” Navy service members to call their senators to vote to repeal ACA. This is an abuse of power; an “ask” by the commander-in-chief is an order, and in this case it’s an order to U.S. military to take action against their own interests and against their fellow citizens. This may already have had a negative effect on counts based on reports last night on Twitter.

What’s next?

CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW before the vote and ask them to vote NO on the Motion to Proceed, and NO on any subsequent vote to repeal and/or replace ACA.

Tools you can use:

Here’s calling scripts prepared by the ever-helpful @Celeste_Pewter, one each for GOP and Democratic senators. (Celeste has an updated status on the impending vote, too.)

No on BRCA (GOP) via @Celeste_Pewter

No on BRCA (Dem) via @Celeste_Pewter

Switchboard telephone number: (202) 224-3121

Free fax by internet to Congress by Faxzero: https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php

Help keep track of responses at: https://5calls.org/ (not for use on mobile)

For more information on BRCA vote:

Follow  @benwikler – MoveOn’s Washington DC director, who is all over this legislation.

Follow @make5calls

Follow @icalledmyreps

If you have any more resources to follow on the health care vote(s) this week, please share them in comments.

Lastly, if you live in Alaska, West Virginia, Ohio, Maine, you are a Most Valuable Player right now because your senators are on the bubble. Please make calls to your senators — thanks!

IMPORTANT: This is NOT an open thread. Health care comments here only; all other comments may be posted in the last open thread. Thank you.

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6 replies
  1. Rayne says:

    Live in the greater Washington DC area? Whatcha’ doing this evening?

    There’s an emergency “die-in” on the U.S. Capitol lawn beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    Details (<<– sorry, it’s a Facebook link. Please stop using only Facebook , activists!)

    MoveOn’s Ben Wikler has more actions and events in this Twitter thread.

  2. SpaceLifeForm says:

    The attack on health care is an end-run to provide more tax cuts for the one percent!

    • Rayne says:

      Seriously, I don’t know that the GOP isn’t trying to kill off the poorest and sickest Americans given how few this bullshit legislation helps. It’s Dickensian, Scrooge from A Christmas Carol:

      “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

      If this attempt to “fix” health care in America has done anything, it’s cemented the GOP’s desire for money over humanity and its careless disregard for insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense (against sickness and disability), and promoting the general welfare of the people.

      Further, it’s ensured the Democratic Party has license to look at universal health care and single payer. If the GOP wants to talk about cost savings and tax reduction, the fastest way to help business is get them out of health care. Free up human resource departments to work on hiring, training instead of shopping for health care insurance. Eliminate an entire swath of non-value adding expense to health care system by eliminating everything but Medicare for all. Join the rest of the free world in this simplicity, but unleash the power of technology to make it faster, more granular in a way no other country can.

      Makes me sick thinking of the three-plus decades we’ve wasted and the deaths and suffering incurred because we didn’t have the political will to overcome simple greed.

  3. orionATL says:

    paul krugman adds his voice to rayne’s to keep those calls and letters coming, folks:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/republicans-trumpcare-cbo.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

    last two paragraphs say it all:

    “don’t be so distracted by the russian noise that you forget to pay attention to this crucial health care vote. our calls do make a difference.”

  4. orionATL says:

    the huffington post has been doing some good reporting (in my view) on the repeal of the affordable care act. here is another good report:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-republicans-dont-know-what-health-care-bill-theyre-about-to-vote-for-thats-nuts_us_59761b30e4b0e79ec19ae12b?

    republican senators will vote tomorrow, but they don’t know what’s in the bill they will be voting on. this state of affairs brought to you by that brilliant senate tactician mitch mcconnell.

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