Call Senate to kill the (health care) bill.
Today’s the first day back from Congress’s July recess — which means the Senate’s healthcare bill is back on the table for a vote (as a reminder, before the July 4th recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the vote to try to shore up more GOP support for it; looks like that didn’t work). During the break, all but three Republican senators refused to hold any town halls, and people are outraged. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to get back on the phone and tell senators the bill is still bad (not better!) — and we’ll continue to fight it.
During the July 4th recess, activists and voters came out at parades and protests to give GOP lawmakers an earful about the healthcare bill. Many Americans are worried about the devastating effects of the Senate healthcare bill, known as “The Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA) -- a bill which was drafted in secrecy, without hearings or public input. As we highlighted in an earlier post, the BCRA would leave 22 million Americans uninsured, cut Medicaid funding, and increase higher deductibles, while delivering tax cuts to wealthy Americans.
While protesters came out, few Republican lawmakers showed up at parades and town halls during the recess. As the Washington Post reported, just “four of the Senate’s 52 Republicans — Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — announced appearances at Fourth of July parades. Just three — Cruz, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — said they would hold public town hall meetings. All have criticized the bill.”
Since its release, Republicans have been split over the bill, with those on the far right saying that the healthcare bill doesn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare, and some moderates saying that the cuts will harm lower income constituents too much.
To date, ten GOP senators have publicly expressed they can’t support the bill in its current form, including Rand Paul (R-KY), Cruz, Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Heller, Collins, Moran, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV.), Rob Portman (R-OH), and most recently, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). Only three “no” votes from GOP senators are needed to kill the bill.
Nearly every major health care group, including American Medical Association and AARP, has come out in opposition to the bill and even the AHIP, the trade group for the health insurance industry, refused to endorse the bill.
Today’s #DailyRevolution is to pick up the phone and tell our senators we STILL fiercely oppose the so-called “Better Care Reconciliation Act”
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