By Doug Porter
If you live in California, DON’T call your US Senator about opposing the TrumpCare bill currently under consideration. We already know both our Senators won’t vote for something that goes scurrying back under the refrigerator when the lights come on.
Instead, ask them to withhold consent on all Senate business until Republicans agree to hold a public hearing on ACHA.
The baker’s dozen of good ol’ boys hammering out a ‘healthcare’ bill in the United States Senate are hoping to push their Frankensteinian creature to a vote this week. They’d like to pass legislation affecting one-sixth of the domestic economy and impacting (at a minimum) 23 million people with as little outside input as possible.
Now is the time to let the Senate know a plan supported by 27% of the public doesn’t cut it. There is a National Senate Call-In Day to stop TrumpCare on Wednesday, June 14. Make calls and help spread the word. (Share on Facebook.) (Tweet this.)
Here’s how to help even more if you live in California:
One important thing you CAN do is call/email/message your friends and family in Maine (Sen. Susan Collins), Alaska (Sens. Lisa Murkowski & Dan Sullivan), Nevada (Sen. Dean Heller), West Virginia (Sen. Shelley Moore Capito), Louisiana (Sen. Bill Cassidy), Ohio (Sen.Rob Portman), Arkansas (Sen. Tom Cotton), Colorado (Sen. Cory Gardner), Arizona (Sen. Jeff Flake) and Pennsylvania (Sen. Pat Toomey).
These are all Senators who analysts believe could be persuaded to vote against this legislation. Flip three votes and Trumpcare is dead, at least for the summer.
Need a script so you know what to say? No problem. Need to know who to speak with when you call? Here’s the list, complete with email addresses. (Remember, calls from non-constituents are not recorded in tallies.)
Want an automated app to do the work for you? Text “RESIST” to 50409 or message Resistbot on Facebook and it will find out who represents you in Congress, and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. No downloads or apps required.
(Again Californians, remember we’re asking our Senators to withhold consent on all Senate business until Republicans agree to hold a public hearing on ACHA.)
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked a rule bypassing the entire regular legislative procedure for a Senate bill. No one even knows what’s in the bill except for the Senate Republicans.
There will be no hearings, no committee markups, no public testimony, no input from physicians, nurses, hospitals, insurers or the public.
In keeping with the trend of Republicans belittling women who dare to speak up, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri was accused of ‘ranting and raving’ for daring to make an issue of this subterfuge in front of the Senate Finance Committee.
Here’s what she had to say to Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah after he admitted there wouldn’t be a hearing and mumbled something about “input”:
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) June 9, 2017
I watched carefully all of the hearings that went on [when the Affordable Care Act was crafted]. I was not a member of this committee at the time, although I would have liked to be. [Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa] was the ranking member. Dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process.
And when you say that you’re inviting us – and we heard you, Mr. Secretary, just say, ‘We’d love your support’ – for what? We don’t even know. We have no idea what’s being proposed. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions. There were no hearings in the House.
I mean, listen, this is hard to take. Because I know we made mistakes [when the ACA came together], Mr. Secretary. And one of the criticisms we got over and over again that the vote was partisan. Well you couldn’t have a more partisan exercise than what you’re engaged in right now. We’re not even going to have a hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy. We’re not going to have an opportunity to offer a single amendment. It is all being done with an eye to try to get it by with 50 votes and the vice president.
FYI–In the Senate alone, Obamacare had 80 days of transparency – 36 days of hearings, 18 days of bill markup, 26 days and 270 hours of Senate floor debate. If Senate Republicans get their way, Trumpcare will get 20 hours of floor debate. Maybe.
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I‘m gonna keep Monday’s column short and sweet so I can head downtown this morning for more fireworks over the Mayor’s big plans to force a special election on behalf of the city’s hoteliers. Stay tuned… …It’s gonna be YUUUUGE.
Special rewards for reading this far down: Little birdies are singing about the shakeup in Mayor Faulconer’s staff this week and how really pissed Councilman Chris Ward is over hizzoner’s budgeting revenge.
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