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Daily Action: Trump's ACA Sabotage Must Not Stand!


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to demand that bipartisan efforts resume in the Senate, and begin in the House, to write the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing payments to insurers into law and stabilize the insurance markets. President Trump's unilateral efforts to undermine the ACA just days before the enrollment period opens -- in the process robbing tens of millions of Americans of access to affordable health coverage -- must not stand! The public-service legacy of every member of Congress is on the line right now. You must fix the disaster Trump is creating for this nation's healthcare system, or you will share responsibility for it. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
On Thursday Trump put a pair of daggers through the heart of the Affordable Care Act. He signed an executive order instructing his bureaucrats to expand "Associated Health Plans," which would make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy low-cost alternative types of health insurance -- plans that offer fewer benefits and weaker government protections. If he's successful, such plans might draw younger, healthier Americans away from the ACA markets, forcing insurers to increase premiums dramatically for those left behind -- and likely making those markets financially unsustainable.

He also announced that he will end the government's Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments to insurers. The $7 billion in annual subsidies have allowed about 7 million low-income Americans to afford coverage. Republicans have argued for years that, because they were not authorized by Congress, the CSRs are unconstitutional, but Trump had been authorizing the payments anyway -- until now.

Trump apparently assumes that these moves will force Democrats in Congress to negotiate with Republicans on new measures to repeal and replace the ACA. Democrats have signaled they are unwilling to compromise on the ACA's mandate that insurers cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, its abolition of annual or lifetime coverage caps, and its mandate that all policies cover a set of essential benefits including mental health care, prescription drugs, maternity care and others. However, a bipartisan effort in the Senate -- which was stalled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during the GOP's most recent attempt to gut the ACA via legislation last month -- offered hope that both parties could come together to stabilize the ACA markets and repair flaws in the law. Those efforts must be reignited now, to prevent Trump's sabotage from reaching fruition.