After two embarrassing failed attempts earlier this year, Republicans finally managed to pass an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill in the House by a vote of 217-213. The bill is a parade of horrors. It harms the poor, children, women and families, persons with disabilities, and even people with employer-provided coverage. The only folks who benefit are the wealthy and corporations. Simply put, if your Member of Congress (MoC) voted for TrumpCare, they voted to give Donald Trump a few political points, at the expense of their own constituents.
But the fight isn’t over. If your MoC voted for TrumpCare, this recess it is critical that YOU hold him/her accountable for every one of the terrible provisions in the bill. Call and visit your MoC.
SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE
OPTION 1: If your representative voted for TrumpCare
Caller: Good morning/afternoon! I’m calling to express my disappointment and anger that Rep. ______ voted for TumpCare. I’d like to know why Rep. ___ would vote to take away coverage from 24 million Americans. Can he justify his vote?
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Rep. ______ voted for the American Health Care Act because Obamacare was collapsing and this bill will fix it.
Caller: That is wrong. The ACA isn’t perfect, but it has expanded access to coverage to millions of Americans. It created protections that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions wouldn’t be denied access to health care, or be forced to pay higher premiums. Instead of working to make health care better for Americans, Rep. ____ has put millions of American lives at risk. This is unacceptable.
Staffer: Actually, the American Health Care Act contained provisions that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions aren’t charged more for their health care. More than $130 billion is allocated to protect American consumers.
Caller: That is a lie. You promised me that you wouldn’t vote on a bill that eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare creates a giant loophole for insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing more for their health care. As someone [with/who knows someone with] a [pre-existing condition], I’m angry that you would betray your word in order to give Donald Trump a political win.
If Rep. ____ gets another chance to vote on TrumpCare, I demand that he vote no. I also want him to justify his vote to his constituents by holding a town hall this recess.
Staffer: Thank you, I will pass along your concern.
Caller: Please do, and take down my contact info, I would like a written explanation for his vote.
OPTION 2: If your representative voted against TrumpCare [especially if they are Republican]
Caller: Good morning/afternoon! I’m calling to say thank you to Rep. ______ for voting against TumpCare. I know that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan were pressuring him/her to vote in favor, and so I appreciate her/him standing up for her/his constituents.
[Republican] Staffer: Thank you for calling. Rep. ______ voted against the American Health Care Act because even though she/he doesn’t support Obamacare, she/he just could not vote to eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Caller: I would like to thank her/him for her/his courage. Going against your party for the wellbeing of constituents is what every member should do. There is a good chance that this bill returns after getting changed in the Senate. Will Rep. ____ commit to me, her/his constituent that she/he will vote against this bill if it comes back to the House?
Staffer: We don’t know what the bill will look like if it gets out of the Senate. Once we have legislative language, Rep. ____ will review before taking a position. But I will certainly pass along your thoughts and concerns.
Caller: Please do, and take down my contact info. I would like to hear more from Rep. _____ as the bill moves along.
[Democratic] Staffer: Thank you for calling. Rep. ______ voted against the American Health Care Act because she/he wants to make sure that every American has access to affordable health care. TrumpCare would take it away from 24 million people, which is completely unacceptable. She/he will continue to fight against it should it come back for another vote in the House.
Caller: Thank you. There is a good chance that this bill returns after getting changed in the Senate. Will Rep. ____ commit to me, her/his constituent that she/he will vote against this bill if it comes back to the House?
Staffer: Yes, Rep. ______ supports the ACA and will continue to fight to protect it.
Caller: Thank you.