Short "Thank You" Script for Brownley & Lieu:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative __________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank the congressperson for her/his opposition to the Republicans' efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act. I want the congressperson to know that she/he has my support, and that we won't forget her/his fortitude in taking such a strong stance against this travesty of a "replacement" bill. Thank you!
Short Script for Knight:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative Knight's in ____________, California. I'm calling in hopes that Congressman Knight will find the courage to vote against Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan's cruel and unworkable healthcare "replacement" bill this week. This is his last opportunity to stand up for his constituents -- in particular, the 77,428 of them who stand to lose their healthcare coverage should this travesty of a Republican bill be signed into law. Doctors, hospitals, and trade groups for the insurance industry all oppose the bill, as do Americans of every political persuasion. It's time for Representative Knight to put his people, and his country, above his party and do the right thing on this issue. We'll be watching him closely. Thank you!
The "American Health Care Act," having passed three committees on party-line votes, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor late this week. Its consequences, by now, are well-documented: 24 million people stand to lose access to healthcare coverage by 2024, according to the Congressional Budget Office. House Republicans are hoping to pass the bill before their upcoming recess, even though they know it cannot pass the Senate in its current form, because they are afraid of facing their constituents again with the bill's passage in question. They want to be able to say their work on the bill is completed, and attempt to move on to other topics.
Rep. Steve Knight has not, as of Monday morning, stated unequivocally whether he will support the legislation. His district stands to be hard-hit if it does pass -- more than 77,000 people in CA-25 are expected to lose coverage, compared with about 46,000 in Rep. Ted Lieu's district. (Rep. Julia Brownley's district is expected to suffer some of the most dramatic coverage losses in the state -- more than 85,600 people -- which makes her fierce opposition to the bill particularly gratifying.)