Let's Kill Trumpcare AGAIN

Hello, colleagues! I blogged at you two months ago about the last version of Obamacare repeal. The combined efforts of thousands of Americans stopped that effort. So why are we still having this conversation? Indivisible has a good rundown; here are the highlights:

We knew we weren’t completely out of the woods on TrumpCare, but we got good news on September 1, when the Senate Parliamentarian (basically the referee on Senate rules and procedure) announced that the legislative vehicle that Republicans were trying to use for TrumpCare would expire at the end of the fiscal year. ... That decision set a new deadline of September 30. As Congress returned to Washington, that seemed like a tough deadline to meet, given Congress’s packed September agenda. The packed agenda worked in our favor—with so many deadlines to meet, Republicans would have a hard time pivoting back to health care or moving on to the Trump tax scam. ... [But] despite the tight timeline, some Senate Republicans are not willing to give up on a 7-year goal without one last try and are working on a last ditch effort. ... Senator John McCain, who opposed TrumpCare in July, said that he would support the Graham-Cassidy bill, under certain conditions. If all other Republicans hold, that would give Mitch McConnell the 50 votes plus Vice President Pence’s tie breaker that he needs to jam TrumpCare through the Senate.

I'll skip over my outraged hyperventilating and just answer the question: what can you do? Well, there are two paths here at the moment.

  1. Do you live in Michigan? (I'm guessing yes.) Good. Call your Senators and tell them to run out the clock. Call and tell them to do this every day. Here's an explainer and script.
  2. Do you have family or friends in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, or West Virginia? Great. Call them, email them, text them, whatever, and tell them to call their Senators this week like their lives depend on it. Very likely they do. Here's a sample script (for voters in Ohio, whose Senator Rob Portman is probably squishy on this).

This week, I'll be blogging on behalf of LEO again, and I'm going to try to write some helpful, fun, non-hectoring posts about teaching and workflow. But first, let's kill this zombie of a bill again.


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