A GOP Divided
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Monday that the Senate would be postponing a vote, originally scheduled for this week on the increasingly controversial American Healthcare Act (“AHCA” or “Trumpcare”). The bill, which represents the Senate’s version of a bill that passed in the House of Representatives last month, is the latest in Republican efforts to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Further review of the actual specifics in the bill reveal that it is less a repeal of Obamacare and more a repeal of Medicaid. Which is why Bros4America, the progressive political advocacy organization, has dedicated their resources towards a very big goal: Kill Trumpcare.
Indeed, despite having had seven years to draft their own idyllic replacement health care law, Republicans have put forth a truly Draconian offering that profoundly cuts Medicaid, which millions of American rely on, particularly seniors citizens and the disabled. On top of that, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined that 22 million Americans lose coverage under Trumpcare, and the subsequent savings will be redistributed to the wealthiest Americans in the nation in the form of exorbitant tax breaks.
Asked the reason for the vote postponement, and Senator McConnell merely stated that the bill as drafted “needs work,” which may be his coy way of acknowledging that five GOP Senators have expressed that they could not support it as written. However, some Freedom Caucus Republicans in the GOP have stated that they do not favor the bill because it doesn’t go far enough. The posturing widely resembles the way the AHCA passed through in the House, with two very public failures public proclamations that the bill was dead, before a sneaky last second vote that jammed it through the House.
With the Senate now set to vote on this after the July 4th weekend, opposition activists and concerned citizens have a unique window of opportunity as their respective Members of Congress are likely set to travel back to their home districts for the congressional recess.
The Bros4America Action Plan to Kill Trumpcare
1. Submit Your Personal Obamacare Stories at ProtectOurCare.US
2. The Five Republican Holdouts
These are the five Republican Senators who have expressed reluctance to vote for the bill. These are folks that we want to persuade to join our side, not ostracize. From the New York Times:
- Rand Paul – Ky.
- Susan Collins – Maine.
- Dean Heller – Nevada.
- Mike Lee – Utah.
- Ron Johnson – Wisc.
For all other REPUBLICANS – tell them your stories and demand they vote against TrumpCare whenever it finally comes up for a vote.
If your Senator is a DEMOCRAT – THANK them. Positive reinforcement is a great and valuable tool.
3. Quick and Easy Bros4America Call Team
Check out our new, easy-to-use call tool hosted by our friends at LobbyForMe! It makes calling your Senator as easy as typing in your zip code! Check it out! It MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
Starting this weekend, your local members of Congress will be returning to their home districts for the congressional recess. Whether it’s townhall meetings, dropping into their office, or attending a Fourth of July event that they are sure to be attending, we need an active and steady presence. Remember to put the pressure on but never resort to physicality.
Our friends at Indivisible have a great how-to on visiting your Senator’s District Office, or since it’s Fourth of July and most are not likely to be holding Town Halls, here is a how-to on crashing Local Public Events.
One of our favorite moments from Town Halls came earlier this year at a local event held for Senator Tom Cotton (R-AL).