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Daily Action: Do Your Job, Congress! Pt. 3: Stabilize the ACA Markets

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 Congress complete a task that it should have accomplished by now: restoring the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments and stabilizing the individual insurance markets. By huge numbers in every poll, the American people want this done! These are not giveaways to insurance companies, as President Trump's lies would have us believe. They are protections that ensure access to affordable healthcare for millions of Americans -- and ending them is going to cost us more money than saving them. Trump's efforts to sabotage the ACA with executive actions are unconstitutional, under Article II's "take care" clause. It's up to Congress to make sure he doesn't get away with it! If Congress won't fix the disaster Trump is creating for this nation's healthcare system, you will share responsibility for it. Thank you!

The Alexander-Murray compromise, which would restore Cost-Sharing Reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act while giving states more flexibility in the policies they offer, has 24 co-sponsors in the Senate and would pass that chamber easily ... if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would allow a vote to be held. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan both refuse to place the bill on their chambers' agendas, leaving states to twist in the wind just as the ACA enrollment period starts next week.

Insurers already have raised premiums dramatically in anticipation of losing CSR revenues to Trump's petulance. Some insurers have threatened to leave the exchanges entirely, further jeopardizing access to health insurance for the 18 million Americans who buy insurance on the individual market.

Democrats' best chance to leverage a deal may come in December, when Congress must fund the government for the next fiscal year. Because of Republican dysfunction those spending bills need Democratic votes to pass, and Dems probably would require the Alexander-Murray compromise to be included to earn their votes. Will such a maneuver come too late to save the CSRs? Possibly -- particularly since Trump has shortened the ACA enrollment period.