Daily Post – 5/5/17 – After the AHCA

Good Morning FAM!

This might be the single most important day in FAMs history, as we take specific, unified, direct and unrelenting action TOGETHER against the Representatives who betrayed the American People in yesterday’s Health Care vote.

In order to MAXIMIZE our momentum—all actions to take are at the beginning of this post.

We need each and every one of you to commit to taking ALL of these actions to the best of your ability.

Are you with us? Lets. Do. This.

**Make sure to read the whole action post for resources and coupons for maximum impact**

**No one, under any circumstances, should threaten, demean, abuse, or insinuate violence against ANYONE we will be reaching out to. We don’t need that kind of attention and it undercuts our cause.**

ACTION ITEM ONE:

Starting today, and every day afterwards, we will be executing on an all-out onslaught of contacting the 217 Republicans who voted for the atrocity of the AHCA.

1. We will start with the Michigan Republicans who voted YES. They are as follows: Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, John Moolenaar, Fred Upton, Mike Bishop, Tim Walberg, Dave Trott and Paul Mitchell. We are looking for a list of just these folks for ease, but until then, use the link below.

2. Next, we will THANK the 20 Republican representatives who voted NO on the AHCA. They can be found at the following link. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/ahca-house-vote/?utm_term=.25589a91d6bd

3. Finally, we will contact the rest of the Republican representatives who voted yes. They can also be found at this link.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/ahca-house-vote/?utm_term=.25589a91d6bd

Each representative should be called, emailed, and sent a post card.

Addresses for reps can be found here—Send postcards to their HOME STATE OFFICES first because of some upcoming recesses of the House. Note that you’ll have to click on the reps name to go to their website—from there you may have to do some investigating to find their office addresses but they’re all there:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/

For the representatives who voted YES, we’ve prepared some post card templates for you, which can be found here: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyp8f80bdiiono3/Happy%20Retirement.pdf?dl=0

For the 20 Republicans who voted NO, we’ve created this Thank You Post Card:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mvh57m51ffpnfuw/AHCA%20Thank%20You.pdf?dl=0 

There are a few options for using these templates:

1. Print them yourself at home

2. Print them at a Kinkos/Staples/Copy Center. If you do this option, you should be okay with the drop box links. If you are going to be printing a lot of them, for a local chapter or large group of activists, you can use this coupon for $25 off a $100 print order. http://www.fedex.com/us/office/coupon.html

3. Order them using Vista Print. If you do this option, make sure to select a “small” size template when you place the order. You can use this promotion code for 25% off your order: MARKETING25

ACTION ITEM TWO:

In order for the ACA to be fully repealed and replaced by the AHCA, the bill must also be voted on by the Senate. The bill requires 51 YAY votes, and with 52 Republicans in the Senate, there is a much smaller margin of error. There are a few things on our side: First is the obvious atrocity that is the AHCA bill specifically relating to pre-existing conditions, high risk pools and the Medicaid expansion that would be phased out. The second is the fact that Senators who are seeking re-election will be keen to not cause waves with their constituents—there is a large correlation between folks who voted for DT and who are counting on him to keep is promise of saving Medicare. The third is there are already some prominent Republican senators who are questioning some of the pillars of the bill. When contacting these senators, please feel free to use the “Baby Bump” post card, found here:

1. Several sources have named specific Republican senators whose constituents will not be happy about the current version of the AHCA. We need to call, email, and send post cards to these senators ASAP. We must make contact every day until this bill dies. These folks are: Bob Portman (OH), Lindsey Graham (SC), and Susan Collins (ME).

2. All Republican Senators must be contacted by us via phone, email, and post-card. A full list of current senators can be found here:

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=last_name&Sort=ASC

3. Despite the overwhelming outcry from Democratic senators, they require constant outreach affirming their position against this horrible bill. We must call, email, and send post cards to them every day as well. Again, they can be found here:

For these senators, please use this post card template:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jcryebeypn3xtkc/NoAHCA.pdf?dl=0

Lastly, know this: This fight is FAR FROM OVER and we will not stop until we’ve exhausted every outlet for change we can. We, as a leadership team, are cooking up some more ways for us to be involved on a large scale so stay tuned. In the mean time, we CANNOT let up.

Healthcare Requires Caring

I posted this on my own personal Facebook wall today. I’m reposting here, with some editing, to share with a wider audience. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m scared. I know I’m not alone in this. – Jennifer

Today, the House is voting for you to lose:

  • out-of-pocket maximums
  • protection for pre-existing conditions
  • protection from lifetime caps
  • access to essential benefits
  • and many other things
  • but some rich people will get a tax cut

Essential benefits are: outpatient care, ER visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health services and addiction treatment, prescription medication, rehabilitation services and devices, laboratory services, preventive services, wellness services, and chronic disease treatment, and pediatric services.

Do not talk to me about free healthcare now. That’s not what this is about. This about the fact that they do not believe that millions of Americans even deserve the right to pay for insurance that will cover their needs without bankrupting them. They do not believe that we deserve access to care that can save our lives.

And do not tell me that there’s always Medicaid if you’re really poor. They’re cutting much of that too.

And the ER? The ER isn’t going to offer chemotherapy, or monthly prescriptions, or preventative scans. The ER is going to patch up what’s bleeding and send us home, where we will wait to die… because that will be the only option left.

This is not about “I don’t want to pay for somebody’s whatever” – this is INSURANCE. Maybe I’d rather not pay for your gallbladder surgery because you ate like crap, and I’d rather not pay for your sixth pregnancy, and you’d rather not pay for my thyroid meds and my annual MRI scans and 3D mammograms, but that’s what insurance is for. We all pay in, and we all get the coverage we need when we need it.

Listen, the ACA has issues. The republican party could have been the heroes. They could have worked to fix the broken portions and been heroes. Instead, they will be responsible for passing this travesty of a bill, and proving, once and for all, that there is no compassion in the republican party. It’s a shame. It really is.

And so help me – if you even consider responding to this with any mention of socialism or the constitution, you may as well just unfriend me now. We are a society, and we look out for each other, or there is no point whatsoever. We have schools and infrastructure and government and there is no reason – NONE – why every American should not have access to quality healthcare – whether that be by paying a reasonable amount for insurance, paying for it through taxes, whatever it takes.

I look at the damage this bill can do to those who are nearest and dearest to me, and I grieve. I grieve, and I am angry and disgusted that we, as a nation, do not see that the health and safety of all of our citizens is vital to our success as a nation.

And if you voted for this party, and you support this, and you think that denying insurance to millions of people is a good thing? Then why are we even having this conversation?

Morning Cup: Compassion

Tuesday, February 14. Yesterday, we learned photographs of top secret matters of international security snapped by members dining near our President at Mar-a-Lago were shared on social media. Early last night, former Goldman-Sachs banker and One West mortgage fiasco leader Steven Mnuchin was voted then sworn in as Treasury Secretary. Late last night we learned that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had submitted his resignation.

This morning, it is Valentine’s Day.

Good morning, FAM! Given the holiday, we are going to focus on the kind of love FAM specializes in: Compassion. For each other. Here in FAM, and throughout our human web. Remembering love is love, women’s rights are human rights, and no human is illegal.

Not that we aren’t keeping track of that Russia thing, and the widening net of accountability. Nor what is brewing with the ACA behind Republican doors. Nor the fact that Republicans are being remarkably mum about the evolving pattern of disturbing allegations against an increasing number of members of the Trump White House, and are passing through a remarkable amount of unqualified and anti-qualified candidates for cabinet positions.

But, in the ongoing effort to keep each day manageable, we pour our cup, survey the landscape…then direct our attention today to compassion.

And invite you to share how you are practicing compassion as well.

So, add a little extra sugar or honey to your cup this morning. Check out today’s suggested actions.

And fill your activist quiver with postcards and contact info. Cupid arrows today; pointed points tomorrow.

Forward!

 

ACTIONS

*1* (state)
Following up on yesterday’s reading, contact State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Alma), chair of the Local Government Committee, to oppose HB 4105, which seeks to punish sanctuary cities.

**2** (state)
Contact the head of the House Government Operations Committee, State Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) in support for both HR 0018, written in consultation with the ACLU, and in support of Jeremy Moss’ resolution denouncing anti-refugee policies.

***3*** (state)
Contact your state representative and senator, and ask for their position on each of these measures (HB 4105, HR 0018, and Moss’ resolution. Let them know your thoughts on each.

(The article we shared yesterday which explains all of the above.)

 

READING & RESOURCES
Ways and Means Committee chair says it will not investigate/call for Trump tax returns. The other two bodies with authority to investigate, the Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on taxation, both headed by Orrin Hatch, have already declined.

In a statement regarding Rep. Pascrell’s request, Chair Brady uses a bit of bombast. Note the comments — constituents and citizens not happy. Note also this transpired before Flynn’s resignation last night.
Steven Mnuchin — Things You Might Not Know, from the Independent

Every executive order to date, from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution
http://www.ajc.com/…/here-every-exe…/pHETsFIm2nYmj4VWlNHmbK/

Pete Souza is still offering a side of shade with his photograph posts.

Bustle lists Things Dumbledore’s Army Taught Us About Activism