ALL HANDS NEEDED ON DECK TO KILL TRUMPCARE ZOMBIE
by Wayne Davis, Sept. 20, 2017
Folks, let's not be smug like too many of us (myself included) were last October. The TrumpCare bill is back and it might slip through. I had a very enlightening conversation with Ezra Levin, Indivisible co-founder, this afternoon. As an unfortunate unintended consequence of the Trump-Pelosi-Shumer “deal” on DACA, raising the debt ceiling, etc., the Senate calendar was suddenly cleared for the GOP to make a last ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare. The vote is going to come down again, as it did last time, to a few key GOP senators.
Fortunately, there is something we can do from here in Massachusetts. Indivisible has set up a phone system where we can make phone calls to progressive voters in those few key states, ask them to call their Senators, and, if they agree, connect them through to the District Office of their Senator. This is absolutely the most important thing we can do right now. It's a great way to re-engage and do something that really will make a difference.
The dialer runs from 9 am - 9 pm local time.
This is a bill that just won’t die. Because of the rules of reconciliation, Republicans have only until September 30 to finish the job of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
The “Graham-Cassidy” TrumpCare bill has already been sent to the Congressional Budget Office for a score—step one in moving the bill forward (check out our explainer). Leader McConnell is whipping votes and rearranging the Senate calendar to make room for one final push.
And he’s hoping you won’t even notice
TrumpCare, or Graham-Cassidy, destroys Medicaid as we know it, hurts people with pre-existing conditions, and takes away the funding that helps people afford insurance. This bill also cuts federal funding to states for healthcare costs. It then creates “block grants” to give states much less money than they need and has no accountability that the money will actually help people get affordable health care. And to top off this monstrous bill? Every. Last. Dollar. Disappears. After. 2026.
Once again, it’s up to you to kill TrumpCare. Tune in to Facebook Live on Monday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 PM ET to discuss new details about TrumpCare and what you can do to defeat it once again.
What Does Delay in the Senate Really Mean for TrumpCare?
by Wayne Davis, July 3, 2017
Last week the Republicans beat a tactical retreat and decided to delay their vote on TrumpCare until after the July 4 recess.
This is only a temporary victory. The GOP will take another run at things after the July 4 recess. But what happens then will depend on what happens now, during the recess. We have to keep the pressure on.
For us here in Massachusetts, keeping the pressure on includes (a) staying on top of the latest developments, and (b) continuing to let Senators Markey and Warren know that their constituents remain engaged and are demanding a strong defense.
The Indivisible Guide has published useful resources, specifically tailored to “blue state” voters. Check out: