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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keep the Pressure on Congress to Protect Our Health Care

With House Republicans trying to revive their disastrous bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s time once again to remind lawmakers that we are paying attention. 

Opponents in Congress were unable to repeal the law because the American people - along with a bipartisan majority in Congress - want to keep the law’s protections and key components. Members of Congress must hear this simple message: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Move on.

And the timing of the upcoming congressional recess couldn’t be better. When Congress begins a two-week April recess on Friday, advocates and constituents will have multiple opportunities to remind their elected officials that the majority of people across America oppose repealing the ACA. 

Recess activities 

  1. Turn out to town halls or other events: Check townhallproject.com for information about public events where members of Congress will be present. We need to make sure that health care breaks through and that people share their health care stories. When you attend, ask these key questions about your members’ commitment to high-quality, affordable health care.
     
  2. Keep up the calls: Lawmakers need to keep hearing from folks over the next few weeks. Use our tool and talking points to contact your representative or this toll-free number to be connected to your Representative: 1-866-426-2631 (English) or 1-877-736-7831 (Spanish) 
     
  3. Set up an in-person meeting with your members of Congress: Recess presents a key opportunity for one-on-one meetings with members of Congress who have decision-making power over the future of our health care system. Even if you can’t meet with your member directly, you may get critical facetime with their staff who will pass your messages on. 
     
  4. Get your message to the press: When lawmakers are home for recess it’s a great time to highlight messages about the need to protect health care in state and local papers. Setting up press conferences and submitting letters to the editor and op-eds is an important way to draw the attention of members of congress and the public to the consequences of repeal. 
     
  5. Hold members accountable on social media: Nearly 100 Republican members of Congress voted or came out publicly in support of ripping apart people’s health care. Use social media to directly hold them accountable. Our social media toolkit can get you started. Urge members of Congress to move on from ACA repeal efforts and to #ProtectOurCare. 
     
  6. Urge lawmakers to state their position on health care on the record: All of the strategies described above can be used to demand a commitment from your members of Congress that they will vote against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Urge your lawmakers to publicly commit to voting against any bills that decrease coverage, increase costs for consumers, and eliminate the guarantee that insurance plans cover essential services like prescription drugs, mental health and substance use services, and maternity care.