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people in your state (which you can find here) and how many are estimated to lose health insurance if ACA were repealed (which you can find here).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.
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 In our district, the ACA has decreased the number of uninsured by _____ % [find out here] and if repealed, more than _____ % [find out here] could lose health insurance.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.
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