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Daily Action: ...And Then There Was Only 'Repeal'


CONTACT:
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia: (202) 224-6472
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine: (202) 224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee: (202) 224-3344
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona: (202) 224-4521
Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado: (202) 224-5941
Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada: (202) 224-6244
Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin: (202) 224-5323
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: (202) 224-6665
Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio: (202) 224-3353

Sample script:
Hello! I'm calling to urge the Senator to oppose a full-on repeal of the Affordable Care Act with no replacement. I also hope the Senator will refocus on working in bipartisan fashion to fix the ACA's problems, so that Americans can truly have better and more affordable health coverage. Repeal without replacement would be a national tragedy: The CBO says it would take health coverage away from 32 million Americans by the time Republicans get to the end of Mitch McConnell's two-year "sunset." Health policy analysts suggest a repeal, on its own, would throw the nation's healthcare system into chaos, leaving even those covered by Medicare or through their employers in danger. All this, just to give the wealthy a tax cut?!? It's time for Republicans to give up their senseless, spiteful attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and instead begin working on ways to make the current system better, cheaper, and more universal. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Yesterday a brief moment of hope, when Senators Mike Lee (UT) and Jerry Moran (KS) announced their opposition to the GOP's most recent "replace" bill, was followed by renewed despair as Mitch McConnell announced he would press forward with a bill that would only repeal the Affordable Care Act. Already, however, two senators -- Susan Collins (ME) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) -- have announced they won't support repeal without replacement.

Republicans have been left scrambling for a solution that allows them to tell their base they have fulfilled their longtime promise to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement. They also are looking at Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to turn the ACA into "block grants" to the states; meanwhile, Trump suggests the GOP simply continue sabotaging the system, allowing it to wither on the vine via insufficient funding for various provisions and continued sabotage by red-state governments on the Medicaid expansion. He hopes that such tactics would lead insurers to continue abandoning the state marketplaces until the system implodes.