We have the secret TrumpCare bill. Here’s how we kill it. ** my amendment 

I submitted an amendment, you can too… Not my best writing, I can see now it could use a little editing, but it was from the heart and I am recuperating from a double infusion day yesterday.

https://www.ouramendments.org/

Here’s mine:

As someone with a chronic illness who has been on disability since 2009, I go to the hospital at least six times a month for treatment and have a home Nurse come once a week. Since my illness began I’ve had seven surgeries, each for a different issue. After I stopped working (and later driving) due to debilitating illness, I emptied my 401k, pension, all savings and my parents, now in their 70s and 80s help me as much as they can. The next step for me will be to move in with them or become homeless, as my debt has destroyed my credit and my ability to rent or buy a new place to live, as I’m at risk for foreclosure and too sick to take action to sell my home. I’m maxed out financially, physically and emotionally.

This bill would limit my access for healthcare and quite conceivably kill me if I cannot get coverage for a necessary surgery, treatment, or medication.

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To stop Senate Republicans, we have to speak up.

I’ve tried to edit the html a little to make it more readable. In some areas I succeeded, in some I failed.  Have to rest now. Adding to my to do list: learn to edit html coding. Who’d have thought?

These are our amendments.

And we’re going to bury TrumpCare in them.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

READ THE AMENDMENT

SUBMIT YOUR AMENDMENT

Complete the form below. Your information will be inserted into the amendment. We’ll email you a copy as well as a copy to your Senators’ health staffers. Print a copy and deliver it to your Senators’ offices, and Indivisible will deliver it to Senate Minority Leader Schumer.

 

Share your story about how TrumpCare would impact you and your family and we’ll ask that your Senator include it as part of the Congressional Record

By submitting your amendment using the form, you’re agreeing to be contacted by Indivisible Project.

 

FILIBUSTER BY AMENDMENT.

Republicans are using a special process called “reconciliation” to jam through TrumpCare. This means they only need 50 votes, instead of the usual 60, to pass it. But the trade-off is that they have to allow an unlimited number of amendments. Any Senator can file as many amendments as they want and then call them up for a vote on the Senate floor during a period called “vote-a-rama.” Democratic Senators can and should plan thousands of amendments and keep them going until Republicans agree to have public hearings on the bill.

By introducing tens of thousands of amendments, Democrats can slow down the process enough to draw necessary attention to Senate Republicans’ secret process and the disastrous impacts of their TrumpCare bill.

Submit your amendment now.

 

HOW IT WORKS.

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Add your name and contact information to the amendment below. You can also add your own story to be submitted as part of the Congressional Record.

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When you hit submit, a copy of the amendment text with your information will be delivered to the health care staffer for your two Senators. You will also receive a copy.

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Print your copy of the amendment and take it to your Senators’ district offices and ask that they introduce it and submit your comments during consideration of the bill.

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Indivisible will deliver your amendment to Senate Minority Leader Schumer.

 

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We have the secret TrumpCare bill. Here’s how we kill it.

 

What’s in this “new” TrumpCare bill. After weeks of total secrecy, this morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate TrumpCare bill. And what a cruel, ugly bill it is. It guts Medicaid, it increases health costs for the middle-class, it cuts coverage for pre-existing conditions, it eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood…and it does this all in order to greenlight a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.

But this isn’t over yet. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes…at least, not yet. If we peel off just 3 Senators, we win. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator — you are needed in this fight. We’ve got three ways to fight back:

How the TrumpCare fight will play out

Senate Republicans have promised a vote by the end of next week. But there are still several steps between now and passage of TrumpCare. Here’s how the former congressional staff at Indivisible think the fight will unfurl:

  • Tomorrow, we’ll get a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, which will quantify exactly how many millions of Americans will be screwed by this bill and in what ways

  • On Monday or Tuesday, Republicans will officially announce the vote is happening by the end of the week and start debate on “the bill,” which is a fake bill intended to make it look like they’re being transparent but in reality is a trick to hide just how awful their finished product will be

  • Over the next couple days, Senators will submit amendments

  • On Thursday, the Senate will plan to vote on the legislation, but first they will vote on all submitted amendments (known as “vote-a-rama”)

  • At the last possible minute, Senate Republicans will replace the entire bill they just got finished “debating” with an alternative TrumpCare bill secretly crafted behind closed doors

  • By end of Thursday, there will be a final vote in the Senate

  • As soon as Friday, the House may then pass the legislation and send it to Trump to sign. This could take longer, but this is the worst case scenario and quite possible.

  • On Friday, one week of congressional recess begins. They’ll either have the bill done by Friday, or they’ll have to wait another week.

Throughout this process there will be precisely zero public hearings in the Senate. Make no mistake, this is a historically partisan, secretive, and undemocratic process for one of the largest pieces of legislation of our generation. This is atrocious.

Got a Democratic Senator? Help them Filibuster-By-Amendment or Withhold Consent

If you’ve got a Democratic Senator, you’ve still got work to do. As mentioned above, one of the final stages of the TrumpCare bill is a little-known process known as “vote-a-rama” where ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she wants. And here’s the thing: EVERY amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on. We’re collecting THOUSANDS of amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff.

Please please please: submit your amendments here, and get your friends and family members to submit amendments. We know this is working already. Senators are reading these amendments on the Senate floor. But we need thousands more.

Your Democratic Senator can also slow down Senate business, in part by “withholding consent.” The rules of the Senate are so complicated that Senators have to regularly consent to waiving some of them so that they can actually get work done. That includes shortening time for debates, expediting consideration of amendments, and scheduling committees. Your Senator can slow the Senate down to a crawl and focus attention to TrumpCare by withholding his or her consent on legislative business.

This is about applying your constituent power directly to the process. These tactics can delay the bill and make it more politically painful for Republicans to move forward. It’s not a silver bullet — McConnell and Senate Republicans can still blow up Senate rules and cut off the amendment process. But to do that they’ll have to go on the record literally silencing the victims of TrumpCare in their own states, which they really don’t want to visibly do.

Got a Republican Senator? Time to fight like hell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose 2 Senate Republicans and still pass this monstrosity. We have it on good authority that 2 are already VERY close to “no.” We are painfully close to defeating this bill. We need one more, and that’s the ball game.

That means now — literally right now — is the time for to amp up your pressure. All you need to pressure your Republican Senators, including DAILY scripts and new materials, is on our TrumpCareTen.org website. It’s critical that you’re showing up and that when you’re not showing up, you’re calling your Senators every single day.

Want to attend a TrumpCare sit-in?

Indivisible groups are coordinating sit-ins in our ten Republican target states.  As Senators continue to hide from their constituents, doing fewer town halls and shunning public appearances, these events provide a much needed opportunity to bring constituents concerns directly to them. Providing people a venue to share healthcare stories in the district offices of the Senators is great direct communication, and can be great fodder for negative local press, which Senators hate. These sit-ins also show the broad breadth of the resistance to these bills; this isn’t just a concern in liberal enclaves, this thing is universally reviled. There are events all over each state, so take a look here to find one near you. The list will continue to update through next week.

This is it.

We are under no illusions that victory is assured here, but victory is possible. Every member of Congress voting on this bill will eventually have to get your vote to be reelected. That’s the source of your constituent power. That’s what makes them responsive to pressure. Remember in March when Paul Ryan embarrassingly called off his first TrumpCare vote? That happened because of public pressure. That happened because of you.

We’re not going down without a fight. Let’s stand stand indivisible again. Let’s win this.

In solidarity,

Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Directors, Indivisible

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