***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS!***
Tues May 23, 2017
LET THE GOP KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON HEALTHCARE
In today's NYT, David Leonhardt writes: "While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans...The effort to take health insurance from the middle class and poor and funnel the savings into tax cuts for the rich is a little like mold. It grows best in the dark. That’s why Republican leaders in the House...did not hold a single hearing, because they knew that attention would have been devastating...The Democrats’ process for passing the Affordable Care Act in 2008-10 was certainly not perfect. But it was radically more open than this process, including 44 hearings and other public events in the Senate alone. Republicans, by contrast, have invited select people to send feedback to an email address — HealthReform@finance.senate.gov — (I encourage you to send your own email!)"
#ACTION HEAR THAT? IT'S TIME TO SEND EMAILS! Leonhardt links to a tweet from Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro), a Senior Fellow on Health Policy at the Center for American Progress. Spiro posted a leaked memo from Sen Orrin Hatch sent to select individuals seeking their "expertise" by MAY 23rd (today!). Hatch writes that it's "vital to have from key stakeholders that represent the interests of patients, providers, employers, and thought leaders."
You know who has expertise and input on healthcare in America? EVERYONE IN AMERICA. I *highly* recommend checking out @TopherSpiro on twitter—his tl is full of insight into the healthcare shenanigans, as well as sample emails that people have written and he's RTd (in case you need inspiration)
#ACTION Send an email to HealthReform@finance.senate.gov letting Hatch and his Secret Committee of Finance Men know what YOU, as an "expert" think about healthcare reform. For inspiration, again, check out Spiro's twitter feed.
And read this op-ed: https://www.nytimes.com/…/opi…/health-care-bill-senate.html…