4/27/2017

OPPOSE the MacArthur Amendment and the AHCA

Some ultra-conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus and members of the mainstream Republican Tuesday Caucus have come to an agreement on an amendment to the AHCA and are pushing for another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare. This version is exactly like what we saw before, except the MacArthur Amendment would allow states to waive requirements that insurers charge the same prices whether or not a patient has pre-existing conditions. Instead, a health insurance company might gain the power to charge a cancer patient much higher premiums for an insurance plan that doesn't cover chemo drugs--preserving the illusion of "access" to healthcare while cutting people off from meaningful coverage.

As of late Wednesday, this bill does not have the votes to pass. However, not many Republicans are speaking up against it, and there is a greater chance that this time it will actually come to a vote. The best people to target are "moderate" Republicans who have seen the outrage about the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and don't want to lose their jobs. Dave Reichert has not released a statement supporting or opposing this bill; Jaime Herrara Beutler hasn't yet either, but she opposed the original version of the AHCA.

More info: It's Time to Fight, "Freedom Caucus endorses Obamacare repeal compromise"

Who to Call

  • Your Member of Congress, either Denny Heck (D-10th District): (202) 225 - 9740, or Derek Kilmer (D-6th District): (202) 225 - 5916
  • Dave Reichert (R-8th District): (202) 225 - 7761
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-3rd District): (202) 225 - 3536

Script

Hi, my name is [name] and I'm from [address or ZIP]. I'm calling about the MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act. Does the Congressman/Congresswoman have a position on that?

[If they oppose it, which Heck and Kilmer do for sure]: I also oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act, and I'd like to thank the Congressman for standing up for me and my family. [optional: I support single-payer healthcare for all Americans and I'd like to ask the Congressman to take advantage of this attempt at repealing the ACA to promote single-payer as the only acceptable alternative to Obamacare.]

[If they support it or won't say]: I am very worried and upset about the prospect that people with pre-existing conditions might lose meaningful access to coverage. [Share a personal story if applicable]. Please tell the Congressman/Congresswoman NOT to vote for this bill, and remind him/her that citizen activists like myself are preparing for the 2018 elections. Thank you.