Weekly Actions | 6.26.17

This Week’s Action – Hint: It’s About Healthcare (taken from Wall-of-Us)

Mitch McConnell and 12 other male GOP senators unveiled the Trump(don’t)Care bill on Thursday. The bill was written in secret, but it’s no surprise that it steals healthcare from the poor to give tax breaks to the rich. For all of the reasons explained in this article, it is a tough bill to swallow. But don’t lose hope–the Democrats are united, which means Republicans can only afford to lose two votes. There are already five GOP senators who are opposing it outright.

Let’s break it down.

These 4 Republican senators on the far right believe that the bill doesn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare (Wow. But yay!): Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Kentucky).

On Friday, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, who is considered a moderate Republican said that he cannot support a bill “that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans”.

In addition to these five there are other GOP senators voicing concerns including the following:

  • On the grounds that the bill cuts funding from Planned Parenthood: Susan Collins (Maine); Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
  • On the grounds that the bill cuts Medicaid funding to curb the opioid epidemic: Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia); Rob Portman (Ohio)

The Republicans want to vote on the bill before the July 4th recess. All-of-us must stop this bill.

Here’s how:

1. Use Indivisible’s Trump Care Ten Guide to contact your Senator, make an amendment, and publicize the impact on your state. It works for even those of us in blue states with actions and tools that target key red states.

2. Sign this petition and this one.

Some Inspiration
A friend of mine recently sent me an article covering a recent speech that Joe Biden gave to a class of Harvard seniors. Every once in a while, like this week, I get discouraged and think about how much easier it would be to retreat to my own little bubble, instead of staying engaged. This article reminded me about how important it is to stay engaged. I highly suggest reading the full article, but here’s an excerpt.

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that disengaging from the system that you think is broken will hold you harmless from the system’s failures,” he said.

“Though a Harvard degree opens many doors that aren’t available to others, it’s no panacea to life’s hard knocks, he said, ‘“You can’t cut yourself off from the consequences of a failed political system. You can’t erect a bubble around you and your family”’ that protects against racism, sexism, violence, political division, economic inequality, the harmful effects of climate change, and other ills.”

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