The Affordable Care Act faces a critical repeal vote this Thursday.
This is a do-or-die moment for the ACA. Exactly seven years to the day of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, the House of Representatives will be voting to repeal it and replace it with Trumpcare—a plan that would lead to 24 million Americans losing their health care.
We’ve put together some resources to help you speak with your member of Congress or their staff about the harm ACA repeal will do to Texans.
This week we need to call our members of Congress and demand that they reject Trumpcare.
Here’s a script:
I’m calling to ask Congressman _____ to oppose Trumpcare. According to the CBO, Trumpcare will result in 24 million Americans losing their health care over the next 10 years. It will mean higher premiums for many Americans, worse coverage options, and even millions of people with employer coverage will lose their coverage as a result of this bill. Trumpcare also cuts $880 billion in funding for Medicaid, which will result in 14 million Americans from working families losing their coverage. It does all of this in order to give a major tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, insurance companies, drug companies and other corporations like medical device companies. This is unacceptable.
If the staffer says the CBO score is bad: That is not true. The CBO is a well-respected, nonpartisan office that does cost estimates of major bills to make sure that the public and Members of Congress understand the full impact of bills like Trumpcare. Republicans and Democrats alike have relied on CBO estimates for decades and so there is no reason to believe its analysis is wrong. The CBO score is clear in that millions of Americans will lose coverage because of Trumpcare.
Will Congressman _______ commit, publicly, to voting against Trumpcare?
Use the following to add more local detail to your phone calls and emails:
How many Texans will lose their health insurance by 2026 as a result of Trumpcare, and how much more will it cost them?
How many will lose insurance in your Congressional district by 2026 as a result of Trumpcare?
What’s the true cost of Trumpcare in your Congressional district?
Find your district’s fact sheet in this memo from the Democratic staff of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the impact of the potential ACA repeal on each of the 435 congressional districts and the District of Columbia. (These numbers do not agree exactly with the previous table, likely due to differing methodologies.)
How will tax credits change for people in your county?
While some younger people may do slightly better under Trumpcare, costs will skyrocket for Texans in their late fifties and early sixties. Use this interactive map from the Kasier Family Foundation to find out.
If you want a more in-depth exploration from very smart policy wonks of all the horrible things this bill will do, listen to last week’s emergency ACA call with Indivisible, the Center for American Progress, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Families USA.
Organize a vigil at your member of Congress’ office
Millions of lives hang in the balance. The House vote this coming week is the first step towards enactment of this devastating Trumpcare bill. But you and your Indivisible group have the power to stop this.
Centex Action Network in Waco has organized vigils at Rep. Flores’ office Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, and they invite Indivisible groups from across Texas and the nation to hold their own vigils at their member’s offices this week.
Is your group holding a vigil? Let us know and we’ll add it to the community calendar.