Policy & Advocacy Action Alert | September 22, 2017
We all need to take action, and we need to do it NOW. The Graham-Cassidy health care billwill have devastating effects on the Down syndrome and broader disability community. People with pre-existing conditions will suffer from less coverage and higher premiums, and there will be drastic cuts to Medicaid and the community supports upon which people with Down syndrome rely. See here for more information.
Things will move very quickly over the next week and advocates need to act aggressively to defeat this bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced his intention to bring this bill to a vote on the Senate floor next week. If it passes the Senate, it will go immediately to the House for a vote and Speaker Paul Ryan has said he would pass it without amendments. President Trump has stated that he will sign it. If we do not act quickly, this bill could become law.
We realize that at least two Republican Senators, Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Paul (R-KY) have recently issued formal statements of their intentions to vote NO. Do not let this stifle our advocacy efforts. In fact, we need to push harder to bring some others to come out as firm NO’s. We cannot back down!
1. CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO OPPOSE THIS BILL OR ANY OTHER BILL THAT WOULD CAP AND CUT MEDICAID! Calls are best, but email and social media is also effective.
Go to www.protectourmedicaid.org for a call script, talking points and a social media toolkit.
Please call today and every day until September 30. Leave messages and call back if the line if busy or the mailbox is full!
Use hashtags #SaveMedicaid, #ProtectOurCare, #NoCutsNoCaps, #KillTheBill
2. SUBMIT TESTIMONY TO THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL
The Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill on Monday September 25 at 2:00pm. The hearing record needs to be filled with strong statements of opposition from organizations and individuals who share their personal stories about the potentially devastating impact of this bill.
Use this as an opportunity to tell your personal story; include photos in the document as well!
This testimony should be typewritten, single-spaced and not longer than 10 pages in length.
The following information must be included on the first page of your statement:
Title Of Hearing: Graham-Cassidy Bill Hearing
Date of the Hearing: September 25, 2017
Full Name (of individual or organization)
Copy your Senators and Representatives or their staff on your testimony.
3. SHOW UP AT HEARINGS, RALLIES, PROTESTS AND OTHER EVENTS
For those who live in the DC area, please consider attending next week’s press conferences, protests and hearings. For those outside of the DC area, find a local event (or create one!). You can find a list of events here. There is power in numbers!
4. PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL DISABILITY CALL-IN DAY TO SAVE MEDICAID ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Join people with disabilities, families, and advocates around the country as we make sure our Senators’ phones are ringing off the hook with opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill on Monday September 25. Call the Senate switchboard at: 202-224-3121 and use the sample talking points here. You can also register for this event through Facebook here.
Please share this information widely and encourage your friends and family to advocate against this bill. Together, we can defeat it but we need to ACT NOW. Thank you for your advocacy efforts!