Call to Action: Double Down on Healthcare, Call Lindsey Graham!

The Senate has released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with plans to rush the bill to a vote next week. This bill would effectively end Medicaid as we know it, strip protections from people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities, and make healthcare unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans.

We can stop this bill.

We thus ask you to do two things:

1) Call Senator Lindsey Graham before the Senate votes on this bill. Ideally, call every day until the vote, call each of his seven offices 

Washington:(202) 224-5972
Upstate: (864) 250-1417
Midlands: (803) 933-0112
Pee Dee: (843) 669-1505
Lowcountry: (843) 849-3887
Piedmont: (803) 366-2828
Golden Corner: (864) 646-4090

2) Find another person in the state who is willing to pledge to do the same thing. 

Let’s flood Senator Graham’s offices with new voices.

We have selected five talking points. Pick the one that touches you the most, and call about it at least once each day. Ask your friend to do the same.

We offer an opening statement, and we encourage you to include whatever additional anecdotes or relevant information you have. Use as much of the script provided here as you like, but pick one topic that you will make your own. Please also share widely.


Talking Points

1) Rural Communities: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today to express my deep concern about the impact the Better Care Reconciliation Act will have on health care in rural communities like ours here in South Carolina. I am heartened by Senator Graham’s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senate’s current proposed bill. According to the Center on Budget and Policy, a non-partisan group, the Senate’s new bill would “devastate health care in rural America.” Not only will the bill’s outsized cuts to Medicaid disproportionately affect coverage for the rural poor and elderly, but they will also threaten closures to rural hospitals like Oconee Medical Center. Such closures would obviously have profound economic impacts beyond health. I urge Senator Graham to think about the impact this bill is likely to have on the communities in our state.

2) Public Perception and Leadership: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today to express strong opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act and to remind Senator Graham that this opposition is shared by the vast majority of the American population. I am heartened by Senator Graham’s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents within his own state and to the broader national population when we tell him we do not want this bill. Even among Republicans, support for the House’s version of this bill (from which the Senate’s version differs only slightly) is only 34%. I will remind Senator Graham that 34% of Republicans alone is not a winning margin. And while Senator Graham is on record as saying that he would support nearly any plan that would overturn the ACA, the American public increasingly disagrees. In fact all polls show that supporting the kinds of cuts to lifeline programs like Medicaid and Medicare that both the House and the Senate bill aim to make could be disastrous politically. An effective leader would find a way to hear people’s opposition to this disastrous bill and speak out for the people of South Carolina and the country against the moneyed interests in his own party.

3) Governmental Transparency: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today because I oppose governmental secrecy and believe that government should be working for the people transparently and in the light of day. Senator Graham claims to share this belief. In a tweet about the House’s healthcare bill, he said that it “should be viewed with caution” because of the limited time the House had allowed for scoring by the Congressional Budget Office, for debate, and for public scrutiny more broadly. Given the similarly rushed nature of Senator McConnell’s call for a vote on this bill, I urge him to view it with similar caution. I am heartened by Senator Graham’s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents within his own state and to the broader population across the country when we tell him we do not want this bill. This bill does not aim to protect the interests of American citizens like the people of South Carolina. If it did, it could withstand our scrutiny and hold up to public debate. I urge Senator Graham to vote against a bill being pushed through to a hasty vote for purely political purposes. The American people and the citizens of South Carolina deserve better.

4) Impact on the Elderly: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I call today to urge Senator Graham to consider strongly the impact that the Senate’s zeal to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the citizens of South Carolina, especially the elderly. I am heartened by Senator Graham’s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senate’s current proposed bill. The deep cuts to Medicaid proposed in this bill would have a profound impact on the healthcare decisions available to seniors in our state. In South Carolina, three in five nursing home residents are covered by Medicaid, and the Senate’s bill affords no reasonable alternative for their coverage and care. Medicaid also makes it possible for seniors to afford long-term care and nursing home costs, as well as various forms of in-home care that allow them to maintain quality of life and that cost less than hospitalization and nursing homes. I ask Senator Graham to think of the seniors in his state and to take a leadership role in opposing this cruel bill.

5) Impact on Children: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I call today to urge Senator Graham to consider strongly the impact that the Senate’s zeal to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the citizens of South Carolina, especially its children. I am heartened by Senator Graham’s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senate’s current proposed bill. Of the 19% of South Carolina’s population that relies on Medicaid for health insurance, over 60% are children. Medicaid provides health insurance for over half of the low-income children in South Carolina, and the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 636,000 South Carolina children were enrolled in Medicaid in March. Cuts to Medicaid would directly impact the availability of health care for low-income children, and would severely limit the opportunities for children with special needs at all income levels, since Medicaid subsidizes public school programs as well as in-home care. I implore Senator Graham to think of the impact that the Senate’s bill will have on the most vulnerable children in our state.

Action Item, Calling for an independent investigation!

Last week, Trump fired James Comey, head of the FBI, who was leading the investigation into the Russian interference in our election and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion. Next he will appoint the next head of the FBI, who will carry on with investigating Trump. We need to push and push hard for an independent investigation! Please call all three members of Congress and ask them to support an independent investigation.

Lindsay Graham:
DC Office: 202-224-5972
Greenville Office: 864-250-1417
Columbia Office: 803-933-0112
Florence Office: 843-669-1505
Mount Pleasant Office: 843 849-3887
Rock Hill Office: 803-366-2828
Pendleton Office: 864-646-4090

Action Item for April 15 Unanswered Questions: SC3 Citizen Town Hall

Please join with your fellow citizens of South Carolina’s Third Congressional District for a Citizen Town Hall from 9AM-10:30AM on April 15.

-Come with Questions and Concerns! This is a great chance to make your voice heard.
-Families Welcome! Playground available and it should be a beautiful morning.
-Plenty of Parking at Abel Baptist Church behind the Community Center

Review Jeff Duncan’s record on key votes here: http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/47967/jeff-duncan

Action Item #3 for March 20: Get Ready to Run

It will be time for elections before we know it and we need to focus on getting reasonable residents into office. Brand New Congress is actively seeking nominations for our district. If you know someone who would make a great contender to Jeff Duncan, nominate them here

If you’re interested in running for office, start learning more with the She Should Run Incubator. http://www.sheshouldrun.org/ 

Action Item #2 for March 20: Call Your Senators to Oppose H.J.res.69

This resolution would revoke the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services rule restricting non-subsistence takings of wildlife on federal lands in Alaska. H.J.res.69 would allow hunters to enter dens, kill hibernating wildlife, and use hunting methods considered inhumane and outside the realm of ‘Fair Chase’.  This legislation has already passed in house and will be voted by the Senate this week.

Learn more at http://www.snopes.com/2017/02/19/house-votes-killing-hibernating-bears-alaska/

Action Item #1 for March 20: Write to Rep. Jeff Duncan to Oppose the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA)

Write a letter to Rep. Duncan opposing ACA repeal and stating that the AHCA is not an acceptable replacement. Please email your letter before Tuesday OR drop of a handwritten letter to the Anderson County Democratic Party office on Wednesday between 11am and 1 pm.

Talking points are located at https://indivisibleclemson.com/issues/healthcare/

Action item: Let’s demand President Trump’s tax returns – two pages from 2005 isn’t enough

This one is easy, SC 3rd District friends. For this week we focus on the House of Representatives and for us that means our Congressman Jeff Duncan.  You are calling to support “H RES 186” and to ask Congressman Duncan to co-sponsor it – note this isn’t a Bill, it is a directive or a resolution. This Resolution tells the House of Representatives to use its authority to direct the Treasury Secretary to provide the public with a decade’s worth of Trump’s complete tax returns – because it is in the public interest for him to do so.

Local Angle:

Congressman Duncan is quite unlikely to co-sponsor H RES 186 but Congressman Mark Sanford from SC has been helpful on this issue (see links below) so it isn’t out of left field to ask Duncan to help. And remember, with each call we are politely registering our watchfulness: let Duncan know of your concerns and that you need him to better represent your interests. 

The Resolution

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/186

Congressman Jeff Duncan

Washington DC: (202) 225-5301

Anderson SC: (864) 224 7401

Laurens SC: (864) 681 1028

Talking Points / Script:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/3/12/house-resolution-186-demand-president-trumps-tax-returns

Read more here:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/322856-dems-make-another-push-for-trumps-tax-returns-from-house-floor

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2-republicans-join-democratic-effort-demanding-trump-tax-returns-article-1.2988453

 

Action Call courtesy of your friendly Government Oversight Steering Committee for the Week of March 13-19th, 2017

Action Item: Urge Sen. Graham to Demand a Full, Independent Investigation into Jeff Sessions

Senator Lindsey Graham is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Democrats from that committee are pushing for a criminal investigation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Ask Senator Graham to support an independent investigation into whether Jeff Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings.

  • DC Office: 202-224-5972
  • Greenville Office: 864-250-1417
  • Pendleton Office: 864-646-4090


Bonus: Also call the House Judiciary Committe at +1 202-225-3951

Action Item: Call Rep. Jeff Duncan to Oppose the American Health Care Act

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would not only render tens of thousands of Americans without insurance but would also rollback the Medicaid Expansion, freezing enrollees in 2020 and reduce funding for mental health and addition services.

Call Rep. Jeff Duncan to voice that you oppose the AHCA.

  • Anderson: (864) 224-7401
  • Laurens: (864) 681-1028
  • DC: (202) 225-5301

Action Item: Postcard writing for Ides of March!

Write a Postcard to President Trump

If you didn’t have time to attend one of the postcard parties, you can still participate in this nationwide act of resistance against President Trump. Write a postcard stating why you oppose the agenda of President Trump and drop it in the mail on March 15th to:

President Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500