ACTION: After an exhausting couple of days in relation to the rollercoaster of the Senate’s proposed “Skinny Repeal” take a deep breath and write THANK YOU cards/postcards/letters. Send these letters to Maryland’s Senators Cardin and VanHollen as well as to the 3 GOP Senators who bravely crossed party lines to do what they were elected for and protect their constituents. As simple a gesture that a THANK YOU note may be, in this political climate, it goes a long way in reassuring our elected officials that we are GRATEFUL for their representation as they will most certainly also be hearing from opponents.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: Thank you Senator [NAME] for voting no to the amendment to HR1628 and for protecting healthcare for Americans.
*Keep the script short and sweet or add your own story about what you or someone close to you would have lost if the bill passed.
Senator Cardin (MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Senator VanHollen (MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Senator Collins (ME)
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Senator Murkowski (AK)
522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Senator McCain (AZ)
218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In an effort to rush a “Skinny Repeal” amendment through the Senate, GOP members called for a rushed late night debate followed by a vote which commenced at 1:24am. All of the Democratic and Independent Senators voted NO to the amendment, along with 3 GOP Senators from Maine, Alaska and Arizona. If passed, the “Skinny Repeal” would have eliminated the individual mandate, eliminated the employer mandate for 8 years for companies with 50+ employees, given stated more flexibility with waivers (including options to modify essential coverage and out of pocket limits), defund Planned Parenthood, eliminate the medical device tax on manufacturers, increased HSA contribution limits and eliminate the Prevention and Public Health fund.
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