Families USA and Indivisible have teamed up to develop a call script to help you defend health care. The House of Representatives has not given up on its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their bill (American Health Care Act, or AHCA) will strip coverage from at least 24 million people and gut Medicaid in order to give $600 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.
GOP leaders are wheeling and dealing today, hoping that by adding a small amount of additional funding for high-risk pools—where people with pre-existing conditions were sent for expensive, insufficient coverage before the ACA—they can push this bad bill through. Representatives Upton and Long are leading these efforts.
If this bill passes, the number of uninsured will spike, the Medicaid program will face historic cuts, and people with pre-existing conditions will lose critical protections. The stability of the health care system will be in jeopardy.
Call your or visit your Member of Congress and urge them to reject the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE
Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Rep. ______’s position on the American Health Care Act and the Upton proposal?
Option 1: If your Representative Opposes the AHCA
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Rep. ______ opposes this legislation.
Caller: That’s great! Please tell Rep. ____ thank you for opposing the bill. I’d like to hear him/her speak out in the media or on the House floor against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. She/he needs to make it clear that she/he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions, those on Medicaid, and everyone else who depends on the Affordable Care Act for their health and wellbeing.
Staffer: I will certainly pass on your message to Rep. ______.
Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely for her/his public statements in opposition. Thank you for your time.
Option 2: If your Representative supports the AHCA
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Rep. _____ supports AHCA and the latest proposed changes.
Caller: I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, would cut the Medicaid program, and give $600 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy. With the proposed amendments, states could get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Money for high-risk pools that segregate the sick into to higher-cost plans will not solve this problem.[I/my family member] am at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] have a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against me. My health depends on Rep. ____ voting against the American Health Care Act.
Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Rep. _________
Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.
Option 3: If your Representative dodges or has no opinion on AHCA
Staffer: Thank you for calling! I’m not sure if Rep. _____ supports or opposes the American Health Care Act at this time, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.
Caller: I’m disappointed to hear that and would ask Rep. ______ to oppose this bill.
Here are my concerns. This bill would leave millions more uninsured and cut Medicaid for the most vulnerable. And importantly, these new proposed amendments still undermine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions.[I/my family member] am at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] have a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against me. My health depends on Rep. ____ voting against the American Health Care Act.
I expect Rep. _______ to publicly state his/her opposition to this destructive bill and prioritize the health and wellbeing of his/her constituents.
Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Rep. ______.
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when Rep. ______ has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.