As I was about to hit send, The New York Times reported that the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has collapsed as two more Republican senators have broken with the party on the issue.
I thought about changing all the health care actions in the email, but decided not to because:
- Things change in Washington – sometimes very rapidly.
- Being two votes away from millions of Americans losing coverage is still too close.
- This will not be the last attempt to gut the ACA. We can’t blink.
THREE QUICK ACTIONS
1. No Trumpcare. This is definitely a work of persistence. At this writing the Senate is delaying a vote on another repeal measure until Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery. That’s because the anti-ACA crowd cannot afford to lose a single vote. The latest iteration will still cut more than $700 billion from Medicaid. Sen. Ted Cruz inserted an amendment that allows insurers to offer bare-bones policies that will be worthless if you actually get sick.
The Washington Post has a handy and continuously updated list of where Senate Republicans stand on the bill. Currently Sen. McCain is listed as having concerns. Please send McCain a get-well message.
Dear Sen. McCain:
I hope that your recovery from your surgery is speedy and complete. I am glad that you were able to have your care attended to by excellent clinicians and that ability to pay did not stand between you and the best treatment. As you know, this is not the case for all Americans. More people will lose coverage or will have to settle for poor coverage if the Better Care Reconciliation Act passes. You have demonstrated independence in the past, putting country before party. I ask you to do this once again and vote “no” on BCRA.
With my very best wishes for your health –
2. Tell your legislators to do their jobs. The state has been operating without a budget since July 1. This means that the governor independently makes financial decisions – but has limited access to funds. Cuts to programs that serve people with disabilities, seniors and others have been draconian. If the legislature is incapable of passing a reasonable budget in short order, it should at least pass a temporary budget to free up funds and restore essential services.
Please contact your legislators.
Script: I am a constituent from XXXXXX. Without a budget, dangerous and painful cuts are hurting Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents. The legislature should at the very least pass a temporary budget – either the one proposed by the governor or one of its own design. Residents are suffering because of politics in Hartford. Will you stand up and do something about it?
3. Keep John K. Bush off the bench. Bush, who has never been a judge, is Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush has criticized New York Times v. Sullivan, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects the press from spurious libel suits. This is disturbing in light of Trump’s declaration that: “I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.” He is also against the Affordable Care Act and publicly funded elections.
Senator Blumenthal voted against the nomination in committee. Please thank him and ask Sen. Murphy to join him in a no vote on the floor.
Sen. Blumenthal: (202) 224-2823
- Script: I am a constituent from XXXX. Thank you for opposing the nomination of extremist John K. Bush in committee. I appreciate you standing up for a free press and other basic American values.
Sen. Murphy: (202) 224-4041
- Script: I am a constituent from XXXX. I hope that you will oppose the nomination of extremist John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Please stand up for a free press and other basic American values.
PLEASE CALL TODAY – A VOTE COULD COME AS EARLY THIS MORNING!