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Daily Action: Calls to Give Thanks for Saving the ACA


CONTACT:
Senator Dianne Feinstein, (202) 224-3841 (DC)
Senator Kamala Harris, (202) 224-3553 (DC)

Short Script (Senators Harris & Feinstein):
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Harris'/Feinstein's in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank the Senator for her steadfast stand against  the repeal of the ACA. Because of her, 30 million people still have health insurance!  In the aftermath of the battle, I hope she will sign on to the Disability Integration Act (S.910) introduced by Senator Schumer. This bill specifically protects some of the most important heroes of the ACA fight, the members of ADAPT, a national organization of disabled activists who relentlessly protested against Medicaid cuts around the country by occupying Senate offices and other public spaces, often risking jail and bodily harm. The focus of the bill is to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities who need long term services and supports can receive them in their own homes instead of being forced into institutions. One of ADAPT's slogans is "Our homes, not nursing homes!" Let's help make that a reality! Seniors and people with disabilities should have the right to receive care at home rather than face forced institutionalization. Thank you! 

CONTACT
Senator Susan Collins, (202)224-2523
Senator Lisa Murkowski, (202)-224-6665
Senator John McCain, (202) 224-2235

Short Script (Republican who stood up for the ACA):

Hello! My name is _______, and I'm calling to thank the Senator for her/his steadfast stand against  the repeal of the ACA. Because you put country over party loyalty, you have saved healthcare for 30 million people. I sincerely hope we can count on the Senator to participate in a return to bi-partisan "regular order" as we all work together to improve the ACA. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Since the GOP effort to repeal the ACA failed by a one-vote margin in the Senate last Friday morning, we have celebrated the win for our side and remained vigilant for the Republican party's next steps. Some seem resigned, even eager, to look for bipartisan solutions to improve the current law. Others are still pushing partisan ideas, like the Graham-Cassidy bill. And the Trump administration is actively trying to undermine "Obamacare," particularly by threatening to withhold CSR payments. For updates and further actions, please join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/RiseUp4HealthCare/ and follow us on Twitter @RiseUp4HCare.

In the meantime, we should take the time to thank our allies and elected representatives who were crucial to this victory. Senators Feinstein and Harris showed great leadership in this fight, and Republican Senators Collins, Murkowski and McCain put the American people above party by voting NO .

We also owe thanks to ADAPT, whose members we saw being pulled from their wheelchairs while protesting at the Capitol.  Genuine thanks must come through support of the Disability Integration Act (S.910), a civil rights bill that they co-wrote with Senator Chuck Schumer. It's goal is to preserve the funding that allows people with disabilities to live full and independent lives,. You can find more details at www.disabilityintegrationact.org