Hello North Seattle Indivisibles! Here are our weekly calls to action!
- Urgent: Oppose ACA Repeal
- Support S. 469 to Lower Drug Prices
- Support Filibuster for Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch
- Investigate Trump’s Russian Ties
I hope you all have a good week! Stay safe, stay sane, and stay strong!
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. 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 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. And, if the bill does not preserve the core values of the ACA—like robust and affordable healthcare options for all Americans covered under the ACA—tell your representative to oppose repeal.
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans cannot afford the medicine they are prescribed at some point in their lives. Indeed at the last Washington Town Hall, a constituent explained how his life saving diabetes medicine costs him $900 per month and would be half the price if he were able to purchase it from Canada. In Canada and other major countries, the same medications are available for a fraction of the price compared to the United States, despite being manufactured by the same company and in the same factory. This bill will allow for the importation of safe, lower priced drugs from Canada, thus increasing free market choice and driving down prices. Please support this bill as it will make these much need medicines available at an affordable price to everyone.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced in the hours after Justice Scalia’s death in February of 2016 that he would not act on any Obama nomination, thus leaving the task to the next president. This unprecedented blockade of the President’s right to get a Senate hearing and vote on his nominee should not be treated as normal or jus We urge you to stand with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) who said in an interview that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. We understand that the Republican majority could vote to change the Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, and we still urge you to support this filibuster. Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he is prepared to leave open the ninth seat on the Supreme Court. Please support the filibuster for justice.
This Tuesday 2/28: The House Judiciary Committee votes on a Resolution of Inquiry to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Today please call the House Judiciary Committee Chair: Bob Goodlatte (R, VA) 202 225-5431 and Ranking Member: John Conyers, Jr. (D, MI) 202 225-5126 and demand a thorough investigation into the Trump administration ties to Russia. This ActionNetwork form will also send emails to the Judiciary Committee and our local representatives.