Call and write your representatives to express your support for Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act/ACA).

ACTION:

Call and write your representatives to express your support for Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act/ACA).

This week, the process of repeal of the ACA through budget reconciliation, without provision for a replacement, starts in Congress. If your representative has requested your opinion, sign their petition and give them a story to use in their resistance, about how Obamacare has affected your life or the lives of others.

WHO NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US?

#1: Your own U.S. Senators and Representatives

#2: Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority Leader

#3: Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House

#4: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

 

#1: Your own U.S. Senators and Representatives

Senator Kamala Harris has requested support from her constituents: “Sign my petition today if you agree it is morally wrong for Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take health insurance away from millions of Americans.” (http://go.kamalaharris.org/page/s/obamacare?source=em170107)

Senator Dianne Feinstein will support Obamacare as she has in the past. Support her with a phone call (Washington DC: 202-224-3841; Los Angeles: 310-914-7300) or email message on her webpage (http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact)

Representative Steve Knight (R, CA House District 25) will most likely support immediate repeal; he voted for it last year. Although he held his seat in the election, CA District 25 went for Clinton (50.3% vs. Trump 43.6%, presidential election results by congressional district: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VfkHtzBTP5gf4jAu8tcVQgsBJ1IDvXEHjuMqYlOgYbA/edit#gid=0) so he has a mandate from his constituents to support Obamacare. He also needs to hear from us in CA District 25 that the percentage of his constituents who are not insured has dropped from 14.6% to 7.4%; over 50,700 of his constituents in House District 25 went from uninsured to insured thanks to Obamacare. He must protect those constituents against repeal. (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/obamacare-has-increased-insurance-coverage-everywhere/)

Knight has asked his constituents to fill out a survey: “ Congress is currently considering action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and replace it with a healthcare system that addresses the needs of the American people without sticking them with massive premiums. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this important topic, so please take a moment to fill out this short survey: https://knight.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=8

#2: Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority asks you to “Share your Obamacare Story”. (http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Share-your-Obamacare-story)

#3: Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House is conducting a phone poll on the ACA (Obamacare), hoping to hear overwhelming popular opposition to it. If you would like to express your support for the Affordable Care Act, call 202-225-0600. Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You'll hear a brief recording about HR-3762, Paul Ryan's proposal to gut the ACA and freeze funding for Planned Parenthood, and President Obama's use of his veto power to stop it. Then, you will have a chance to indicate your opinion with the press of a button. Press 1 if you support Obamacare, 2 if you oppose it. Keep trying; he’s getting lots of calls so don’t give up after a busy signal.

#4: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asks for your stories to support their resistance: https://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts-and-features/coverage-matters/index.html

WHY? AND WHY NOW?

The new Congress was sworn in on Jan. 5, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare (http://www.vox.com/2017/1/5/14179258/obamacare-repeal-republican-votes-trump.  Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes "reconciliation instructions" that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. (http://www.budget.senate.gov/chairman/newsroom/press/senate-to-begin-debate-on-obamacare-repeal-resolution?peek=DtbN%2F9DJxLfT5xwIrdHjdwzI99780h923c%2F8y0XOcOyO%2FMub) Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act. According to the Wall Street Journal, the budget resolution could be passed by both houses as early as next week.