Take Action: March 7, 2017 Contact your representatives about the ACA replacement

Our lawmakers are required to consider public comments on their proposal for replacing ACA, so CALL your representatives today (vote is tomorrow!).  This NY Times article compares the new proposal to the ACA.

The suggested talking points below require a bit of prep, so use the links provided before you start dialing.

1. Remind them how much ACA has decreased the percentage of uninsured people in your state (which you can find here) and how many are estimated to lose health insurance if ACA were repealed (which you can find here).

2. Tell them that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) must complete their analysis of the new proposal before a vote takes place since it would be ludicrous for committees to vote without knowing the facts. Ask them to speak out and demand that the votes be delayed until the CBO completes and releases its analysis.

3. If you have a personal story about how you have been impacted by the ACA, share it. You can also submit it in writing after your phone call.

POSSIBLE SCRIPT:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I am extremely concerned about the newly-released Republican plan to repeal the ACA. [If you have a personal story, tell it here.] In our district, the ACA has decreased the number of uninsured by _____ % [find out here] and if repealed, more than _____ % [find out here] could lose health insurance.

What’s more, I’m appalled that the new plan is scheduled for committee votes just two days after its release and that the Congressional Budget Office has not yet had a chance to finish its analysis. It’s imperative that the CBO have a chance to review the plan to objectively determine how much this would cost and also how many people stand to gain or lose coverage, especially since this is quite literally a matter of life and death for many Americans. I urge Rep/Senator _____ to do everything in his/her power to defend the ACA and to denounce the new plan, and I sincerely hope that Senator/Rep _____ will call for any committee votes on the new plan to be delayed until the CBO has completed its analysis.

ADDITIONAL TALKING POINTS:

  • According to the NY Times, four Republican senators — Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have expressed concerns that the new plan “will not adequately protect people in states like theirs that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.”
  • It’s not a coincidence that proponents of the plan are trying to push it through before the CBO releases their analysis, given that earlier CBO reviews of similar plans found that the uninsured number would drastically increase and that premiums could climb higher than under the ACA.
  • The new plan makes health insurance cheaper for the wealthy and endangers those who wouldn’t be able to afford health insurance without the ACA – even proponents have admitted that it would increase the number of uninsured and severely cut the Medicaid program.