Overnight, the Senate voted down party lines to begin the repeal of the life-saving Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The vote was to move forward with repeal under a budget reconciliation process – a move aimed at foreclosing any Democratic filibuster. Democrats valiantly opposed the move on the Senate floor – look up their speeches on CSPAN to watch how they defended this important law.
Where do we go from here?
The vote to dismantle the ACA was on a party line vote (+ Rand Paul), so there is NO NEED to call Democratic Senators — they’re already with us on this.
Over the next couple of weeks, we need to pressure moderate Republicans who have publicly expressed concern about repealing the law without a viable replacement. We need just three votes to stop attempts to repeal the law without a viable replacement.
Based on public statements, these are the Republican “pressure point” Senators who have expressed concern about repeal without a replacement:
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
and Paul Ryan’s office is (202 225 0600)
CALL SCRIPT: “My name is X and I am deeply disappointed in Senator X’s vote to rush through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act yesterday. The law has saved lives across this country, and repealing it for the sake of scoring political points is shameful. I hope Senator X understands how irresponsible it would be to vote to repeal the law without a viable alternative that ensures affordable health care coverage and life-saving access to care for all. I hope they will be a NO VOTE if the Senate tries to repeal the law without a responsible replacement. Thank you.
Tip: If they ask if you are a constituent and you’re not, just say “I am not a constituent but the Senator’s vote directly affects me and my family, and I will make sure to let voters in his/her state know whether they made the right decision on this issue. Thank you.
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