Tuesday 3/7/2017

  • **TUESDAY ACTION**

Demand Full Transparency in the Latest Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts

House Republicans are planning to ram through an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill that will jeopardize health care coverage millions of Americans. They shared a draft of their bill with only 40 hours for the public and even other Members of Congress (MoCs) to review. Republicans are also rushing to approve the bill without releasing a formal cost estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which analyzes how much federal legislation will cost or save American taxpayers—known as a “score” (see our CBO explainer for more information on scoring). Americans deserve an open and honest debate for more than two days about a bill that will cause millions of people to lose health insurance coverage.

Votes on the GOP plan in two key committees are planned for March 8 at 10:30am EST without a cost estimate. Supporters of the bill want to get it through the House before they head home for the next Recess (April 8-23). They do not want to face you at town halls and other events in their districts and have to answer questions about their plans for to replace the ACA. Call your representative in the House between now and Wednesday, March 8 and tell them to oppose any congressional action on the proposed ACA repeal bill without a transparent, thoughtful process, including a public CBO score. The American public deserves to know the effects of a bill of this magnitude.

Script: Hi, my name is ______, I'm calling from (City, State, Zip), and am very concerned about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

I want Congress/man/woman _____ to know that I think the rushed and secretive way in which the House Republicans are proceeding is irresponsible. As your constituent, I deserve to know about the potential impacts of a bill of this magnitude and so do all Americans. Any ACA repeal bill needs to be made available for us, external experts, and other MoCs to read and thoughtfully consider for more than 40 hours.

I want Congress/man/woman ___ to guarantee that any replacement plan will cover at LEAST as many people that would be covered under the ACA and that we understand the financial impact of these plans and any new plans. You cannot do that unless the bill has been analyzed by CBO.

Will Congress/man/woman ____ commit to opposing any congressional action on these plans and ANY ACA repeal bill without releasing a CBO score publicly?

IF YOU SPEAK TO A STAFFER: Please take down my contact information to let me know when the Congress/man/woman has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides. Thank you.

 

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

 

If I missed your representative, please let me know!