It’s incredible to watch our community of advocates in action. For months now, you’ve been putting in countless hours of your own time calling, emailing, showing up at offices, and rallying to save health care in America. Your persistence is paying off. Over the past couple days, the Senate has voted down their original repeal bill, and a second version which rolls back large portions of the ACA with no replacement. It’s because of your advocacy that they didn’t have the votes for either of these versions.
But this fight isn’t over yet. This is the last day of debate – we expect a final vote tonight or tomorrow morning. The other side is working harder than ever to buy off reluctant Senators and get them to vote yes. We have to make one thing clear to our Senators: political favors might be currency in Congress, but we can’t use them to pay our medical bills. No deal is worth risking our lives for.
We can still stop this dangerous process — but only if you stay involved. Here’s what you can do:
- Keep calling. Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO. If you have already called, keep calling. If you have trouble with phone conversations, this evening is a great chance to call and leave a voicemail while offices are closed. If you use AAC, you can call in using your AAC device, or get a friend to read your message into the phone. After you call your Senators’ DC office, try their state offices. You can use our script:
- Send emails and faxes. After you call, email your Senators and say the same thing. Then, send them a fax with that same message.
- Go to your Senators’ local offices and tell their staff what you think. To find your Senators’ local offices, visit contactingcongress.org. Under the contact information for each Senator, there is a list of their local offices. This is one of the most effective ways to get your point across to an elected official.
The fight to save our health care is down to its final hours. We can keep ACA repeal off the President’s desk by making sure it fails in the Senate. If Congress is able to pass a repeal bill, millions of people will lose access to the care that keeps them alive. Let your Senators know that either the bill lives, or we do—and that it’s time to choose a side.