Early this morning, the Senate voted 51-48 mostly along party lines to pass the budget resolution that includes instructions to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This completes the first step in the process to repeal and delay, which would strip health care coverage away from 30 million people and consumer protections from millions more. (See our recent alert for a refresher on the process.)
While this new development moves them closer to a vote on repeal, our message is working. Over the past two weeks, we have seen several Republicans speak publicly about concerns regarding repeal that does not include a simultaneous plan for replacement. In response, and in order to keep up the momentum we have gained so far, we must continue to generate as much noise as possible through earned media, social media and high-visibility public events.
Additionally, we know that the public and Congress are watching the enrollment numbers this open enrollment period. With only a few weeks left in this open enrollment period your work enrolling consumers in health insurance is critically important. Thank you for all you are doing to help bolster the case against repeal.
Here are the latest resources that Community Catalyst has pulled together to help you:
- Senate Votes: Find out how your senators voted here. It is important that those senators who opposed repeal by voting "Nay" on the resolution hear from as many constituents thanking them for their support as possible over the next few days. Find your Senators' phone numbers here.
- Talking Points: Please continue to use these general talking points when communicating the impact of repeal and delay.
- Social Media Content: Continue to use our What’s At Stake infographic to spread the word through social media and get people to take action, as well as these new posts which can be tailored based on how your senators voted.
- Organizational Statement: Community Catalyst issued a statement on today’s vote. Please feel free to use ours as an example to create your own.