SPECIAL HEALTH CARE EDITION
Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel told a heartfelt story about his infant son’s fight for life during open heart surgery. Kimmel noted that before Obamacare’s preexisting condition provisions kicked in, insurance would have been unaffordable.
Kimmel said, “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.” Kimmel expressed gratitude that he could pay for the surgery, but also reminded everyone that he’s lucky in that regard.
Naturally, in the supervillain tinged world in which we live, conservative ball of ooze and one-term Congressman Joe Walsh said, “your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.”
Now here’s the punchline: Today, the U.S. Congress is on their second vote of the year to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. And the replacement would make Jimmy Kimmel’s fear come true, and give guys like Joe Walsh what they want, which is to not ‘pay’ for other people’s health care. In other words, to make health care unaffordable.
ISN’T THAT HILARIOUS? It’s like we’re living in a Paul Verhoven movie from the 1980s.
But you can do something about it. Call your Congressman, and for the heck of it, call your two State Senators, and let them know what you think.
Even if you’re Congressperson already opposes this bill, call ‘em anyway! Remind them that you’re watching, ask them to make allies, to go on TV and loudly proclaim the truth about this bill, shout it from the rooftops.
And after you do that, call more folks. If you live in New York, Brad Lander and #GetOrganizedBK recommends contacting folks from NY & NJ that are undecided. Talk to them, too, after you talk to your local reps.
Here’s some advice from #GetOrganizedBK on the subject …
The fate of health care in the United States is being determined right now. Here’s a suggestion for what #GetOrganizedBK can do.
The GOP House Members listed below, from NY & NJ are reportedly undecided. Lets all call today and tell them that if they vote for the bill, we will flood their districts over the next year and help make sure they are defeated in 2018.
Here’s a suggested script: “I’m not a constituent, but I live nearby, and I’m part of a group of thousands of people who care deeply about protecting health care. The so-called American Health Care Act is a sham, and you know it. It will deny health care coverage to over 24 million Americans. If you vote for the bill today, my neighbors and I commit to canvass and build relationships in your district relentlessly over the next year, and to make sure you are defeated in 2018.”
- Rep. Lee Zeldin, NY-1, (631) 289-1097
- Rep. John Faso, NY-19, (518) 610-8133
- Rep. Elise Stefanik, NY-21, (518) 743-0964
- Rep. Claudia Tenney, NY-22, (607) 376-6002
- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ-11, (973) 984-0711
Have you done your part today? I literally skipped all the jokes today to remind you about that! Go back up and read it and take some time!
And if you already did that, take a moment to decide what to do, how you can help, and pitch in! Maybe pitching in for you means telling me I’m dumb, go for it! Whatever it is, make your time count!
Heck, leave messages here for people to help them get organized and help them call! Or just use the stuff up there, but call, visit, do what you can!
We beat this once before, and we can do it again!
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Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.
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