Stand Indivisible and take action this week to fight back against the Trump agenda.
- Paris Climate: Contact your city council member and mayor to express support for your city to join the Paris Climate Agreement as over 250 cities across the US have done. (http://www.climate-mayors.org/partner-cities/) Just because the president has decided he doesn’t care about the environment and leaving an inhabitable planet to the next generation doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t act to combat climate change.
- Council Member ____, has the ____ city council had any discussions about joining with the over 250 other US cities who have signed on to continue engagement with the Paris Climate Agreement? President Trump does not have our country’s best interests in mind when he decided to pull our, but for the health of our community, we need to continue working toward a healthier planet? Can we work together to bring this to the council’s attention for consideration?
- Plan coordinated visits and sit-ins at your Senator’s office using the new Indivisible Stop TrumpCare June toolkit. Showing up in groups of 5-10 is an effective way to show a force of energy while at the same time allowing each person to have a chance to say their part. Gather ahead of time to discuss your specific message and ensure that everyone has a request that is on that message.
- Iowa specific information: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/impact-of-trumpcare-by-state/#IA Share on Facebook | Tweet
- Call Senators Grassley and Ernst daily to ensure they hear from constituents that oppose TrumpCare on both substance and process. Use the following script as a base.
Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator ______’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?
OPTION 1: SUPPORTS / DODGES / HAS NO POSITION
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator ______ supports AHCA / hasn’t made up their mind yet.
Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including over 145,000 in Iowa, cut the Medicaid program, increase premiums and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All that to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy. This is unacceptable to me.[I/my family member] [am/is] at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] [have/has] a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against [me/them]. [My/their] health depends on Senator [Grassley/Ernst] voting against the American Health Care Act.
Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected.
Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that…
- …no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
- …there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
- …the Senator won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?
Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.
Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.
Caller: Expanding Medicaid in our state has helped almost 85,000 people who get coverage. Will the Senator commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?
Staffer: Senator ______ cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.
Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the 1 percent and profitable corporations?
Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?
Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator ______.
Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.
[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator ______ has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.