Call of the Day: Stop The Senate From Repealing the ACA

Between the Comey hearing, the UK elections, and the end of the Louisiana legislative session, there's a LOT going on.

But while we're all distracted, the Senate's still working as hard as they can to take away our health care.

The Senate is closer than ever to a repeal-and-replace-ACA plan. Yesterday we learned that the current draft of the bill, which Senator Cassidy says leaves him feeling "very encouraged", would phase out the Medicaid expansion by 2023, and still lets states opt out of the essential health benefits mandate, which requires insurers to cover prescription drugs, maternity care, and mental health care.

That's not acceptable.

I know you called yesterday.  I know you've called so many times before.  But we still need to pick up the phones – today of all days, when they think we're not paying attention, when they think they can get away with it.

WHO TO CALL:  Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy

Senator Bill Cassidy - in DC at (202) 224-5824, and in METAIRIE at (504) 838-0130

Senator John Kennedy - in DC at (202) 224-4623, and in MONROE at (318) 361-1489

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 [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response.

I'm calling because I am concerned by some of the details of the Senate's plan to repeal and replace the ACA that were reported yesterday, mainly that the new plan is to end the Medicaid expansion by 2023 and to still let states opt out of the essential health benefits coverage mandate.  This is unacceptable to me, and I don't see how either condition would pass Senator Cassidy's so-called "Jimmy Kimmel Test".  Please tell the Senator not to take away either the Medicaid expansion or essential health benefits coverage.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.