ACTION: Write letters to the Republican Representatives who made public statements opposing HR 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017 to thank them for standing up for American and urge them to consider supporting HR 676 Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act. Consider printing a copy of the PNHP Single Payer vs ACA FAQ sheet to send with your letter. The addresses have been compiled in a Word doc here and can be downloaded and formatted to work with printable labels if you choose. The GOP officials who showed opposition to the bill are from across the nation, so please share this post to social media and use #ThankYouForVotingNoAHCA to share this with friends and family out of state. The American Health Care Act of 2017 has not been withdrawn, but rather postponed with no new date planned.
SAMPLE POSTCARD/LETTER SCRIPT (Please make this your own): Thank you for opposing HR 1628. Americans need and want affordable healthcare that will cover EVERYONE and will bring costs down by reducing administrative waste and private insurance company profit. Single payer systems are top notch in many of the world’s developed nations while the US is lagging behind. Single payer systems are pro-business as they reduce employee benefit costs for employers and employees are easier to retain without health insurance benefits being a factor. The benefits of single payer are immense for all American business owners, from the family owned storefront to the largest of corporations. Please support HR 676 as the only health reform plan that is both fiscally and socially responsible.
ADDITIONAL ACTION: Write to your US Senators to ask them to sponsor a companion bill to HR 676 in the US Senate.
BACKGROUND: On 3/24/17 HR 1628 The American Health Care Act of 2017 was pulled from the House of Representatives, minutes before a vote was supposed to take place, due to an immense lack of support from both Democrats and a large group of Republicans. While the reasoning behind the GOP officials opposing the bill may vary, this is the perfect time to both thank them for their stance and to urge them to support single payer to fix the gaps that the ACA still leaves open.
NOTE: We have done the work for you and formatted all of the mailing addresses for the GOP officials who publicly opposed the AHCA in a Microsoft Word doc. All you need to do is download the doc and print it onto AVERY 5160 mailing labels (or a store brand that uses the same template).
PNHP Single Payer Myth + Fact Sheet
CBS Article with timeline from 3/25/17
Carroll CAN 3/9 Single Payer CTA
Mailing addresses for the GOP Reps who opposed AHCA
Public statements of GOP AHCA Opposition
Washington Post article on AHCA calls to Congress
PNHP lobbying materials
PNHP Single Payer resources