from Robert Reich email@example.com
Let’s talk about Trumpcare.
Trumpcare, at its heart, is not a health care bill. It’s a bill to take away health care from the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor—and hand the money to special interests such as insurance companies and Big Pharma.
It’s a moral atrocity. And, with a vote now expected next week, this may be our last chance to stop it.1
If just three Republicans vote no, Trumpcare is dead. And if the bill doesn’t pass before Congress leaves town for its August recess, then even Senate Leader Mitch McConnell himself admits that Trumpcare is probably dead for good. When that happens, he’ll have to (gasp!) work with Democrats to shore up the health markets under the Affordable Care Act.
We have to make the next few days count. I can tell you from my years in Washington that votes can flip on a dime, and party pressure can be so intense that it feels as though the walls are closing in on you from every direction.
And Mitch McConnell is editing the bill every day to try to find the votes. He’s trying to bring the holdouts on board with policies that are micro-targeted at their state—effectively bribes (even though these offerings are virtually meaningless compared to the pain and suffering that will be caused by the massive loss of health care and vicious cuts to Medicaid). He even took the unheard-of step of keeping senators in D.C. for two extra weeks—until August 11—to try to force a vote.
It won’t be easy to stop Trumpcare for good, but I believe in MoveOn’s ability to do it. They are organizing events to pressure on-the-fence senators (including, recently, huge rallies with Bernie Sanders that were all over the news), flooding those same senators with calls, making compelling videos with heart-wrenching stories, helping lead daily rallies in Washington, D.C., to focus national media on the grassroots opposition to this bill, and more.
Thanks for all you do.
1. “‘I don’t even know what we’re proceeding to next week.’ Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing,” Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2017
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