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Daily Action: A 'Thank or Spank' Opposing the GOP's Healthcare Bill


CONTACT:
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 "Thank" Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. __________'s in ____________, California. I am calling to thank the congressperson for her/his opposition to the "American Health Care Act" introduced in the House on Monday, and to urge her/him to do everything possible to defeat the bill. Thank you!

Short "Spank" Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. Knight's in ____________, California. I'm calling to state my opposition to the "American Health Care Act" introduced in the House on Monday, and to urge the congressman to see past his party and do what's right for the American people. Independent analysts -- whose work is necessary, since Republicans are ramming this bill through without even getting it scored by the Congressional Budget Office -- estimate that it will leave more than 10 million people without healthcare coverage who are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, it will give a massive tax break to the wealthiest Americans, who definitely don't need it. And the one-year defunding of Planned Parenthood is an act of cruelty toward millions of women and families, with no point except to pursue pointless ideological goals. I will be watching Representative Knight's actions on this bill carefully. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
President Trump claimed during the campaign that his "wonderful" healthcare plan would "cover everybody." Clearly, Trump had no more of a plan than Republicans have had for seven years, before they cobbled together the "American Health Care Act" behind locked doors last week. Instead of providing coverage to all Americans, the bill introduced Monday in the House -- with its conservative-fantasy blend of tax credits and tax cuts, Medicaid block grants and penalties for lapsed coverage -- will leave far fewer people with coverage, target the poor with its service cuts, and reward the very richest Americans whose taxes rose to pay for the Affordable Care Act.

Already, the House bill is under attack from the left, from the far right (who see the bill as "Obamacare lite"), and from hospitals and insurers. Many insurers believe the bill's "replacement" elements -- tax credits instead of subsidies; a hefty lapsed-coverage surcharge taking the place of the Individual and Employer Mandates; block grants to states eventually replacing the Medicaid expansion; etc. -- will lead to skyrocketing costs and unworkable coverage pools. Meanwhile, the tacked-on defunding of Planned Parenthood (the fulfillment of a longtime Republican goal, but otherwise thoroughly useless as a policy tool) will leave millions of women without the reproductive-health services they've come to depend on -- particularly in the many places where Planned Parenthood clinics are the only ones within a convenient distance.