This Thursday, House Republicans voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, only a month after their embarrassing attempt in March. If the AHCA (Paul Ryan's replacement bill) passes the Senate, it will remove protections for citizens with preexisting conditions, cut billions from Medicaid, and defund Planned Parenthood. Up to 44,000 Americans may die yearly if coverage becomes less accessible.
Here are four easy ways you can express your opposition to the AHCA!
1. Call your representative in the House! Are they a Democrat? Then thank them for their vote and make them promise not to change their stance if the AHCA is returned from the Senate for a final vote! Here are three sample scripts, each for different party affiliations. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/gop-health-care-repeal-…/
2. Call your Senators. Below is a sample script adapted from Bustle:
"Hello, my name is _______. I am a constituent of Sen. _________, and I am calling to ask them to vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. I want to relay a clear message to them that it's critical that the provisions and benefits of the ACA remain in place. Since its passage, 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage, and our country is enjoying a record low uninsured rate. [If they’re a Democrat] I understand that the Senator has expressed their opposition to the AHCA, but I want to remind him/her that Americans like myself need him/her to do everything his/her power to block the bill, beyond just voting in opposition. Thank you for your time!"
3. Call Republican Senators using a similar script as above. These seven Senators have expressed doubts about voting to repeal and replace Obamacare. All we need is three of them to vote no!
a) Lisa Murkowski (R - AK) - (202) 224-6665
b) Susan Collins (R - MN) - (202)224-2523
c) Rob Portman (R - OH) - (202)-224-3353
d) Dean Heller (R - NV) - (202)-224-6244
e) Cory Gardner (R - CO) - (202) 224-5941
f) Mike Lee (R - UT) - (202)-224-5444
g) Shelley Moore Capito (R -WV) - (202)-224-6472
"Hello, my name is _______. I’m calling to ask Senator ______ to vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. I want to relay a clear message to them that it's critical that the provisions and benefits of the ACA remain in place. Since its passage, 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage, and our country is enjoying a record low uninsured rate. [Residents of their state e.g. “Coloradans”] _____ benefit from the ACA and your vote in opposition to its repeal is essential. Thank you for your time."
4. Post on social media about how the repeal could affect you and your family. Not covered by Obamacare currently? You can still call attention to the effects the bill could have on those like you, using the hashtag “#IAmAPreexistingCondition.” Here is a list of some of the preexisting conditions that may not be protected under the ACHA: http://www.cnn.com/…/heal…/preexisting-conditions-list-trnd/