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Daily Action: No Score, No Vote for the GOP's ACA Replacement!

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

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. __________'s in ____________, California. I am calling to urge the senator/congressperson to reject taking any vote on a repeal, "repair" or replacement of the Affordable Care Act before the Republicans' replacement bill has been scored by the Congressional Budget Office. As long as Republicans are keeping their plans secret from the American public, more than 30 million of us literally can't afford to lose health coverage with no idea what the future holds. Republicans spent more than a year between 2009 and 2010 falsely claiming that the most-examined, most-nitpicked bill in history was being constructed in secret; they have no right, at this point, to shield from the public their specific plans for the healthcare system. Please commit to rejecting any votes on healthcare legislation until the CBO has a chance to score its costs, its deficit impacts, and its effects on Americans' coverage. Thank you!   


BACKGROUND
In each of the three congressional districts that encompass Indivisible: Conejo's membership, nearly 29,000 people receive their healthcare through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have been hellbent for years on repealing ACA, but have never been able to offer a coherent "replacement" bill despite frequent claims that such a bill was just around the corner. This week, after House Speaker Paul Ryan circulated a vague and incomplete draft of a potential replacement package, he said that “we’re not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people’s front door.”

Yet that's apparently exactly what was happening on Thursday in a House conference room, where Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee worked behind locked (and guarded!) doors to hammer out a replacement bill. That bill, if/when it emerges, will emphasize GOP priorities such as Refundable Tax Credits (weighted by age, not by income, leaving many young workers unable to afford coverage); Health Savings Accounts (great for the wealthy, pointless if you have no money to save); High-Risk Pools (which will make health coverage impossible to afford for most sick people, even if they allow healthier folks to spend less); and Medicaid block grants to states (which will leave little flexibility for increasing benefits as healthcare costs rise).