Tell the Senate: No Secret Health Bill
By all accounts, thirteen white men are making a backroom deal in the Senate that will fundamentally alter the health care system as we know it. Mitch McConnell is a far savvier player than his House counterpart Paul Ryan, so we must keep those calls coming. Obamacare was passed only after some 100 public hearings; how does the GOP leadership justify not applying the same care and transparency? The House version of the AHCA is hovering at around 20% approval among the American people, while Obamacare’s popularity continues to rise. We must remind our Senators every single day that it is not acceptable to make laws in secret, it is not acceptable for 23 million people to lose insurance, and it is not acceptable for the rest of us to subsidize massive tax cuts for the rich. Keep those calls coming!
Hi. My name is ________, from zip code _______, calling to urge Sen. ______________ to commit to greater transparency for the healthcare bill being crafted by the Senate. There have been no hearings about the bill and no public statements about what is in it. In short, the Senate needs to Show Us the Bill. Also, any bill that does away with Medicaid expansion [or protections for pre-existing conditions, etc.] is completely unacceptable. Thank you for taking my call.
Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
NC Health Staffer:
Angela Wiles: 202-224-3154 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
NC Health Staffer:
Joe Nolan: 202-224-6342 email@example.com
Each house of the state legislature has passed its version of a budget, but numbers differ, and a special conference committee has been formed to reconcile the differences. This is our last chance to let our voices be heard on this crucial piece of legislation that will have far-reaching impacts on the state. This week, we present a special homework assignment. Our friends and partners at Stronger NC have prepared a comprehensive budget toolkit. In it you will find careful analysis of the budget plans as well as a comparison to the budget proposed by Governor Cooper. There are many suggestions for action, including live links to all of the members of the conference committee. We know from experience that a personal call or email on a specific issue resonates much more with state legislators than a canned script. So do your part: read the toolkit, then email or call armed with the facts and your personal opinion.
* Teacher pay: The Senate offers a 3.7% increase next year, the House offers 3.3%. Cooper offers 5% increases each of the next two years. We need to support Cooper’s more generous salary increases, especially given the poor teacher retention rates in our state.
* Community colleges: Only Cooper’s budget fully funds NC GROW, the program that would provide tuition-free community college to eligible NC high school graduates. We need to fully fund our community colleges.
* Pre-K waitlists: The Senate budget only decreases the Pre-K waitlist by 2,350 slots, leaving thousands of at-risk NC pre-schoolers out. The House budget actually matches Cooper’s call to eliminate the waitlist by funding all at-risk children. Ask to eliminate the pre-K waitlist (you can even compliment the House for having this one positive item in their budget, if you wish).
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