***DAILY DO’S – Wednesday 7 AM EDITION*** Mary Park
ALL HANDS ON DECK. -- AFFORDABLE CARE ACT This is where the pedal hits the metal, Indivisibles. Republicans are trying to push through their repeal/replace for Obamacare THIS WEEK, as quickly as possible and with as little transparency as possible. We won’t let that happen, will we?
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Action #1: GET THE LAY OF THE LAND
I sat in on the national Indivisible group’s ACA call last night and here are some of the most important takeaways:
--Good news alert: our actions are what has slowed down this process and thrown up roadblocks all along the way. We must persist. They’re counting on us getting tired. They don’t have any idea how strong we are.
--CALL YOUR MOC Even if you have sympathetic MOCs, like Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, they still need to hear from constituents each and every day.
--WE NEED THE COSTS Republicans are ramming this through without a score from the Congressional Budget Office. In the absence of a CBO score, there is no way to know just how many people will lose insurance under the plan, nor how it will raise costs for those lucky enough to keep their insurance. It’s like flying blind to pass legislation without a CBO score.
--Those who stand to lose the most under this plan are older people, those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and children. As an example, a 60-year-old who makes $30,000 a year will face a 400% premium increase, an amount that could represent 25% of their entire income.
--Don’t believe anyone who says this plan is designed to “save money.” Any potential cost savings are going to pay for more than $600 billion in tax cuts for our wealthiest citizens, for insurance executives and for pharmaceutical companies. It’s like reverse Robin Hood, a giveaway from our poorest and most vulnerable to the most-advantaged among us.
--“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. There’s no line item for PP in the budget; any federal funds they get are through Medicaid reimbursement or Title 10, the same as any other healthcare provider. But PP gives crucial services including cancer screening and family planning to the same people who face the highest barriers to healthcare: the poor, those in rural areas, LGBTQ and POC. A strike against PP is a strike against women’s health.
--The bill caps Medicaid funding at 2016 levels, eliminates the Medicaid expansion and requires people to have their eligibility reauthorized every six months.
Action #2: MAKE SOME NOISE
Call Patty Murray, call Maria Cantwell and call your Congressional representatives NOW and tell them these two key things:
--NO CBO SCORE, NO VOTE. Period. Otherwise, the members of Congress are voting on a bill they don’t understand the ramifications for.
--Any ACA replacement bill needs to preserve the same affordability, coverage and quality of care as the ACA. DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS. Remember, this was a promise of Trump’s during the campaign and it is widely popular, not partisan. This isn’t a liberal/conservative issue. It’s a question of what kind of society we want to be.
Action #3: TELL YOUR STORY
Personal narrative can really help get across what's at stake with the ACA repeal. Tell your story when you contact Patty or Maria. Also, FamiliesUSA is collecting ACA stories to share with the media and with members of Congress. Cognitive psychologists tell us that storytelling is the most effective way to change hearts and minds. Don't be shy!
What’s a CBO score? http://bit.ly/2mvVuMt
Need a script? http://bit.ly/2mguSyA
Learn more and share your story at http://familiesusa.org/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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