Weekly Actions: July 11, 2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

ACTION 1: Submit a public comment on health care by July 12th and keep up the pressure against the Senate’s repeal bill

ACTION 2: Protect students from predatory for-profit colleges and support legislation to cap student loan interest rates

ACTION 3: Take part in nationwide demonstrations this weekend


Comments on an Executive Order that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to ease the “economic burden of the ACA,” (in other words, decrease the subsidies and loosen regulations on insurance companies) are due tomorrow, July 12.
 
We need to show that we support:

  • Continuing to fund the subsidies in order not to further destabilize the markets.
  • Keeping essential benefits as defined under the ACA. Mental health, women’s health, and pre-existing conditions should not be compromised by allowing insurance companies to sell skimpier plans.
  • Exploring single-payer health insurance, which would eliminate the burdens of the ACA on small businesses, allowing greater economic growth; significantly reduce costs of health care facilities, which spend huge amounts of administrative time dealing with requirements of multiple insurance carriers; and increase cost containment through enabling one-party negotiation with health care providers.

 
Also, while the Senate Health Care bill appears to be dying a deserved death thanks to your tremendous upswell of phone calls, faxes, emails, and demonstrations, make sure to keep up the pressure, particularly if you have GOP senators. This fight is far from over. A few important points to emphasize:

  • Repeal now/replace later would be a disaster. This would result in even more people losing their health insurance. Truly–a disaster!
  • The Cruz Amendment (which would allow states to sell health insurance plans that don’t meet ACA regulations, as long as they also sell some that do) would also be a disaster. Even business-oriented and conservative publications like Forbes and the National Review don’t think this would lower premiums. What would happen is that people would pay more money out of pocket for large deductibles and people with pre-existing conditions would be priced out of the market.

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Submit a public comment on the ACA Repeal here. Do this by July 12th. This doesn’t have to be long or eloquent. The important thing is to make sure that they are flooded with opposition. Use the talking points above.
  • Contact your MoCs (see talking points above) and tell them to:
    • Vote NO on the BCRA (Senate Health Care Bill)
    • Vote NO on any plan to repeal now/replace later
    • Vote NO on the Cruz Amendment

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continues to put the interests of students last in her policy-making. Most recently, she has decided to delay the passage of Obama-era regulations that protect students from predatory for-profit colleges, suspending these regulations and promising to rewrite them later. Nineteen Attorney Generals are currently suing DeVos for this action, in an effort to protect students from having to pay back loans to fraudulent for-profit colleges. Let’s support this lawsuit and make sure that DeVos can’t loosen the rules for predatory universities.

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Call your State Attorney General:
    Ask them to join the lawsuit, or thank them for being part of it. You can find out whether your state has signed on here.
  • Contact your MoCs: Express your support for the borrower defense rules
    and ask them to support legislation soon to be filed by Senator Bill Nelson D-FL that aims to cap student loan rates at 4% (current cap is 8.25%)

Script – Attorney General:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’d like to (thank/ask) AG _____ (for joining/to join) the lawsuit against the suspension of borrower defense rules. It took almost two years to complete the process for the important regulations Secretary DeVos is now suspending – and she is doing so as a unilateral decision, with no input from the public or stakeholders. Students need to be protected from predatory universities that do not provide what they promise. Thank you for joining/ I hope you will join the nineteen states who are putting the interests of students ahead of the interests of unethical institutions.

Script – MoCs:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’d like to ask Sen./Rep. _____ to speak up in support of the borrower defense rules, which protect students from predatory for-profit universities that do not deliver what they promise, and which Secretary of Education DeVos is now attempting to suspend. On a similar note, I’d also like him/her to support upcoming legislation that will cap student loan rates at 4%. Students are our future and the right to an affordable education should be something that everyone should support. It has been proven that education is key to getting out of poverty and we need to invest in our students, rather than assuring more profit for our financial institutions. [If you have a personal story about student loans related to your education or the education of a member of your family, add it.]

This coming Saturday, July 15th, join the thousands of concerned citizens across the country who will march in a national day of protest against the amoral Trump and Pence regime. One person with a sign is a brave soul. Tens of thousands across the country holding signs is the catalyst of social change.
 

 

If you live in Fairfax, VA or Washington, D.C., then join the mass demonstration against the violent rhetoric of the NRA, organized by the folks behind the Women’s March. The demonstration will take place on July 14th and 15th in a march from the headquarters of the NRA to the department of justice.
 

#NRA2DOJ

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • March Against Trump: Click here to find a demonstration near you and read more about the march.
  • March Against the NRA’s Violent Rhetoric: Click here for details.
  • Settle in for the Long Haul: Follow the Resistance Calendar for local events near you each week.

 


The most effective thing you can do is to pick up the phone,
but if you’re short on time, you can leave a message or video below.