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THIS IS IT: It appears that there is a plan and enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It’s time for every single one of us to take action to stop this disaster.  Despite public opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act, Congress is at it again. Just like the last plan, their latest attempt to repeal the ACA will raise costs and cut coverage for millions of Americans.

Call your Senator Marco Rubio at (866) 630-7106 or (407) 254-2573 and tell him to #ProtectOurCare: Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act!

If it passes:

  • 23 million Americans will lose coverage by 2020
  • For everyone else, insurance companies won’t have to cover basic services like maternity care, birth control, and surgery anymore.
  • Everything from pregnancy to anxiety will be considered a pre-existing condition.
  • Republicans will only need to reconcile the differences with the House’s similarly cruel bill before sending it to President Trump’s desk.1

In fact, the only real winners under this new legislation are the big interests and the wealthiest Americans.

Even if you’ve already called Senator Marco Rubio – call him again! (866) 630-7106 or (407) 254-2573

We must tell the Senate: Americans can’t afford to lose our healthcare coverage.

Sources:

1. Senate GOP paves way for ObamaCare repeal bill, The Hill, June 8, 2017

G.O.P. Health Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in a Decade, C.B.O. Says, New York Times, June 8, 2017

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Information on Communicating with your Congressional delegation

Make contacts at least weekly; keep your messages simple.  Call and or email your Federal Legislators and tell them to keep the ACA, and not to change Medicare and Medicaid funding.

To get a list of your own state and federal legislators and their phone numbers, text 507-609-3322, place your zip code in the subject line.  

Federal Legislators: send email from their web sites.

House & Senate Reps from St Pete Area Contact information
Senator Bill Nelson www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  813-225-7040
Senator Marco Rubio http://www.rubio.senate.gov
Phone:  (866) 630-7106 or (407) 254-2573
Rep. Charlie Christ 
(Congressional District 13)
https://crist.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569
Rep. Kathy Castor
(Congressional District 14)
http://castor.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817

Call and or email your State legislators and tell them ensure coverage for all of the FL uninsured, contraception and reproductive care, prevention benefits, mental health and substance abuse treatment

Tips on structuring your email and/or phone message

Identify yourself.

My name is Jane Doe and my home address is ???.

Make clear your request.

(for federal request) Please keep the ACA, and not to change Medicare and Medicaid funding. ensure coverage for all of the uninsured, prevention benefits, contraception and reproductive care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, no lifetime limits

(for State request) Please ensure coverage for all of the FL uninsured, contraception and reproductive care, prevention benefits, mental health and substance abuse treatment

Close with: Thank you

 

Understand the Issues

The League of Women Voters is here to help you understand this complex subject.  As a national organization we have studied this issue and developed a position that forms the framework for our advocacy and education.  

To provide advocates with an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”, the Healthcare Action Group has developed an educational PowerPoint training: The ACA, the House Repeal Bill, and Being an Effective Citizen Advocate (pdf format).

Other Actions/Resources:

Check out this St Pete Community Calendar by Tampa Bay Surly Feminists.

Sign up for e-mail at Action Guide

Check out the Town Hall List for other upcoming events.  

Prepare yourself for interactions with elected officials with: Suggested healthcare-related questions for town halls and office visits.

Julie’s Advocacy Principles, Tips, Tactics, and Resources 

Birddogging 101: An Advocacy Tactic

ACA Repeal Bill (HCA) Talking Points March 2017

H.R.1313 – Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act