Call Of The Day: Support Stabilizing ACA Markets

Repeal and replace is dead – finally – but that doesn't mean we're done with healthcare.  It's now time to take bipartisan action to stabilize the ACA's insurance markets and prevent deliberate sabotage of the law of the land.

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that they will not take part in planning ACA enrollment events during open enrollment, nor will they use their advertising budget to help promote enrollment.  These actions will likely reduce enrollment and drive up premiums.

In the meantime, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have resumed bipartisan talks to stabilize these markets.  But they say that they need more buy-in from Senate Republicans for their efforts to be successful.  We should put pressure on our senators to support their colleagues and help stabilize these markets.

WHO TO CALL:

Senators Kennedy and Cassidy

Senator Bill Cassidy:  DC Office: 202-224-582; Metairie office:  504-838-0130; Monroe:  318-324-2111; Lake Charles:  337-493-5398; Alexandria:  318-448-7176

Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans:  504-581-6190

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise – the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer – they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal – call back later!

Sample Script: 

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling today because I want the Senator to support the bipartisan efforts of Senators Murray and Alexander to stabilize the ACA markets.  I'd also like him to speak out against the administration's deliberate attempts to decrease enrollment by not participating in enrollment events and closing the ACA enrollment website for 12 hours each weekend during open enrollment.  Whether you are a fan of the ACA or not, many Americans will be harmed if the law is forced to failure, since they have no alternative source of health coverage.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.