Call your senator today


This is the day to call your senators and tell them to kill TrumpCare. If you’re phone-shy, here’s a sample script to use.

I’m in a weird state where my senators are Klobuchar and Franken, and I know exactly how they will vote against this terrible bill, but I’m going to call them anyway.

Comments

  1. citizenjoe says

    Urge your Democratic senators to use every parliamentary maneuver possible to obstruct the bill (e.g., withholding consent, as Tom Coburn used to do). Kill the bill.
    Senator Merkley has promised to do so.

  2. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says

    Murray and Cantwell for me. I don’t have to worry about their vote, but as you suggest, I’ll tell them to fight to the death.

  3. archangelospumoni says

    The turtle is being extra filthy on this one–no hearings. Zip. Republican filth on display.

  4. kestrel says

    I live in a weird state too. My senator reached out to *me* a couple days ago, asking for stories of people who would not otherwise have healthcare without the ACA, so that he could tell them on the senate floor.

    Now if only he will show some spine when it actually comes down to it.

  5. tccc says

    What @citizenjoe said: If you have a Dem Senator, call them and tell them to obstruct and delay. It gives us time to get the word out since the repubs did this in seceret and are trying to rush it through. We at least need time to let the public know and if the repubs are going to subvert democracy, it is our duty to #resist.

  6. says

    @#6, tccc:

    It gives us time to get the word out since the repubs did this in seceret and are trying to rush it through. We at least need time to let the public know and if the repubs are going to subvert democracy, it is our duty to #resist.

    Other than wanting to obstruct this — which needs to happen — this particular piece of news makes me rather annoyed. You know what other piece of legislation was done in secret and attempted to be pushed through without letting the public see it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership. We only found out about the contents due to leakers — mostly through WikiLeaks — and yet we had Obama pushing as hard as he could to get the thing ratified (there was even an interesting article on Salon.com back around August of 2016 where some of Obama’s staffers said he was working harder to get the TPP through Congress than he had on any other thing in his entire presidency, the ACA included) and Hillary Clinton helped write it and kept talking about how great it was until the final terms became public and Sanders pointed out how terrible it was. (At which point, even though there had been no recent changes, she suddenly declared that she was not happy with it in its present form and disavowed it. Very convincing.) The tactic of negotiating a piece of legislation which will have vast implications for the public is unsuited to a democracy — even an alleged democracy, if you don’t believe the U.S. really is one any more — and it is important to remember that the Republicans aren’t the only ones who used it. It needs to be resisted all the time, not just when one party does it; “supported a bill which was negotiated in secret” ought to be the sort of thing which causes primary challenges, recall elections, and electoral losses as a matter of course.

  7. Scott Simmons says

    I’m calling Ted Cruz and John Cornyn right now!

    (Don’t ask what I’m calling them …)

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