Last week the Senate took a brash and highly partisan move of beginning the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The move was expected to gain them political points for repealing Obamacare without suffering the political repercussions from impacts that won’t occur until after mid-term elections. But in the days that have followed (and in response to people like you speaking out about the impact that repealing the ACA would have on the U.S. and its 50 states, especially without a viable replacement plan), many Republicans began expressing doubts about whether a repeal is such a good idea after all.
CALL TO ACTION
Republicans will need 60 votes to repeal the ACA. With only a 52-48 majority, the GOP can’t afford to lose anyone.
- Call the 6 Senate Republicans who have expressed doubt about repealing Obamacare and 1) express your appreciation for their efforts to slow the repeal of Obamacare without an alternative, 2) encourage them to insist on developing a viable alternative to the ACA before moving to repeal, 3) propose that a viable alternative must include parental policies, no denial based on pre-existing conditions, no age discrimination, subsidies for those who can’t afford to get care, and expansion of Medicare, 4) ask which of these policies the Senator supports and applaud those he/she does and 5) share your own personal health care story (if you wish).
- If you have ever been a constituent or have a friend or family member who is currently a constituent of any of the 5 Republican Representatives on the list below, please call them as well.
- Take notes on your calls and report back in a comment about how it went!
Here is a list of Republicans who may be persuaded to delay or reject the repeal of Obamacare:
(This list from Wall Of Us was originally sourced from Elizabeth Warren’s office, Resist, and media)
- Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): (202) 224-3344
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): (202) 224-6665
- Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): (202) 224-3353
- Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): (202) 224-2523
- Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA): (202) 224-5824
- Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): (202) 224-4343
- Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV): (202) 225-6155
- Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC): (202) 225-6401
- Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)202-225-6411
- Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) (202) 225-6730
- Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) (202) 225-7772
Obamacare is singlehandedly responsible for getting 20 million previously uninsured people health care and achieving the lowest uninsured rate in recent history. How is it doing in Utah? Check out these facts about the ACA and its impact in the Beehive State from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS.gov is full of fun fact sheets about how the ACA is working across a broad range of groups in America.