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Many of us are angry and despairing at the political landscape, especially with the recent unprecedented threats to democracy itself in the United States.

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Guide to how to write letter to your senator

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 23, 2017 at 1:59pm

Letter to Toomey, who helped write the Senate AHCA:

The just unveiled Senate bill, that you helped to write, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities said that tax cuts for the “richest 400 families are roughly equal to federal cost of maintaining Medicaid expansion in Nevada, West Virginia, Arkansas and Alaska. They also accuse Capitol Hill Republicans of creating health insurance chaos by intentionally refusing to say what 2018 federal subsidies would be. They called it “GOP market sabotage.” Guaranteed issue, 58% actuarial value (how much of average costs the plans will cover), and no coverage requirement guarantees a health insurance death spiral. As written this bill will instantly destroy the individual market.

Your legislation permits states to relax insurance regulations that dictate a minimum set of basic benefits be included in all policies, such as hospitalizations, prescription drugs and maternity care. So states would be forced to “fix” the death spiral problem by allowing insurers to design policies that simply don’t cover things sick people need, such as insulin for diabetics. States would be forced to choose between continuing to provide routine and preventive care to children and pregnant women, or to provide lifesaving care to those who require it. Nearly half of all Medicaid enrollees are children and Medicaid covers half of all births in the United States. Medicaid is essential to the health of over 37 million of American children and pregnant women. The Senate bill will permanently harm children with its proposed spending cuts and dismantling of Medicaid.

That coverage will devolve is the point of your bill, not a side effect. The main event in the Senate bill is the destruction of Medicaid. Far, far worse than even the House bill. Medicaid’s cuts of 25% in the House increase much more in the Senate. Hundreds of billions more cuts. Medicaid cuts spike further in 2025, the year baby boomers turn 80. As Medicaid pays half of nursing home care in the country, you bill sabotages all of your constituents who don’t die young.

Renounce this so-called health care bill that you wrote!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2017 at 10:35am

Letter to Toomey, Rep Senator writing the AHCA, page 2:

Finally, a larger issue:

Nation-State failure begins with the re-privatization of the bureaucracies, of the means of administration and the police and military, as Chris Hedges says in “We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves”. Governments, if they were instruments of the common good, would end subsidies to the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries. But with state power being held captive by corporations, short-term profit takes precedence over human health and even human survival. Is the current administration deliberately remaking the United States into a failed state, orchestrating our doom? Sacrificing healthcare to boost wealth of the already richest few, making the EPA prioritize needs of polluting industries, “deconstruction” of the administrative state – these GOP acts are as exactly engineered to make the U.S. a failed state as gerrymandered districts are exactly engineered to let legislators select their constituents.

Past civilizations also celebrated their greatness at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that the GOP seems to be intentionally bringing down the last remnants of our functioning democracy within months. And as we become a failed corporate-controlled petrostate, we’ll lock in climate change to bring down life across the whole planet. I urge you to consider this looming danger when articulating policy disagreements. Constituents have the right to grasp what’s at stake. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2017 at 10:34am

Letter to Toomey, Rep Senator writing the AHCA, page 1:

I urge you to oppose Christopher Wray for FBI Director. He removed a past case involving the Russian government from his bio at his law firm, King and Spalding. His firm has worked closely with the Russian energy sector, representing companies in deals with the Russian state-owned oil and natural gas companies Rosneft and Gazprom. This is yet another step in turning over our government to the fossil fuel industry. Wray also billed New Jersey taxpayers more than $2.1 million for legal charges and expenses while representing Chris Christie during the Bridgegate trial.

You set an example of Republicans' profound disregard for their constituents, by supporting so-called health care which forces 770,000 of your Pennsylvania constituents to lose coverage. As a leading fiscal conservative, it is reported that you spearhead the effort to drive down overall Medicaid spending, specifically to cut the program even deeper than the House cut of $834 billion over a decade. Preserving Medicaid coverage is not just the right moral decision; it also is good economic policy. Cost-effectiveness analyses of Medicaid have concluded that state-level Medicaid expansion actually costs less than paying for uninsured people's uncompensated care costs. McConnell plans to limit debate to ten hours, with no time for Democrats to examine the lengthy bill, and to force a quick vote. If you destroy the health and financial security of millions of Americans to give massive tax cuts the vastly, nobody will blame Democrats. The public will remember you as a Death Panel senator.

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood in the AHCA is war on women. It doesn’t impact abortion funding at all, as the Hyde Amendment of 1976 already prohibits allocation of federal dollars to abortion care. Cutting off federal money to Planned Parenthood would instead devastate the regular healthcare of over 2.5 million women, who would lose a primary health care provider. I urge you to support Planned Parenthood funding!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2017 at 10:33am

Letter to Dem Senator:

Nation-State failure begins with the re-privatization of the bureaucracies, of the means of administration and the police and military, as Chris Hedges says in “We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves”. Governments, if they were instruments of the common good, would end subsidies to the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries. But with state power being held captive by corporations, short-term profit takes precedence over human health and even human survival. Is the current administration deliberately remaking the United States into a failed state, orchestrating our doom? Sacrificing healthcare to boost wealth of the already richest few, making the EPA prioritize needs of polluting industries, “deconstruction” of the administrative state – these GOP acts are as exactly engineered to make the U.S. a failed state as gerrymandered districts are exactly engineered to let legislators select their constituents.

Past civilizations also celebrated their greatness at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that the GOP seems to be intentionally bringing down the last remnants of our functioning democracy within months. And as we become a failed corporate-controlled petrostate, we’ll lock in climate change to bring down life across the whole planet. I urge you to consider this looming danger when articulating policy disagreements. Constituents have the right to grasp what’s at stake.

Please consider introducing an amendment to the AHCA, requiring members of Congress to get by on a health insurance plan available and affordable to someone on the poverty line, and prohibiting them from out-of-pocket healthcare spending beyond 1/4 of the poverty line.

Thank you for fighting Trumpcare, continuing to demand transparency from this administration, being outspoken against Betsy DeVos, and doing everything you can to prevent horrific cuts to public education.

I urge you to oppose Christopher Wray for FBI Director. He removed a past case involving the Russian government from his bio at his law firm, King and Spalding. His firm has worked closely with the Russian energy sector, representing companies in deals with the Russian state-owned oil and natural gas companies Rosneft and Gazprom. This is yet another step in turning over our government to the fossil fuel industry. Wray also billed New Jersey taxpayers more than $2.1 million for legal charges and expenses while representing Chris Christie during the Bridgegate trial.

Thank you for supporting continued funding to Planned Parenthood, as you stated in your Huffington Post op-ed this month. Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood in the AHCA is war on women. It doesn’t impact abortion funding at all, as the Hyde Amendment already prohibits allocation of federal dollars to abortion care. Cutting off federal money to Planned Parenthood would instead devastate the regular healthcare of over 2.5 million women, who would lose a primary health care provider. Federal funding of Planned Parenthood is the right thing to do.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 22, 2017 at 10:28am

Letter to Rep House:

I urge you to oppose Rep. Brian Babin’s bill allowing members of Congress to carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the United States, superseding local laws. Senators and Representatives would be able to carry a concealed firearm in federal parks and buildings, in the National Mall, to and from their offices, and at schools and military bases, with just a few limited restrictions. Members of Congress already have security details. Don’t set us up for gun battles in the halls of Congress, or encourage legislators to actually shoot reporters who ask questions instead of “only” body-slamming them. Our country is already violent enough.

Did you block Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s resolution asking for Trump’s tax returns? For the tenth time in the last few months, Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic resolution offered on the House floor to request President Trump’s tax returns. The measure was defeated on a procedural vote of 227-188 that fell largely along party lines. Those who hide Trump’s tax returns will be exposed as enabling and participating in the cover-up, when Trump gets taken down for violation of the Emoluments Clause.

Finally, a larger issue:

Nation-State failure begins with the re-privatization of the bureaucracies, of the means of administration and the police and military, as Chris Hedges says in “We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves”. Governments, if they were instruments of the common good, would end subsidies to the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries. But with state power being held captive by corporations, short-term profit takes precedence over human health and even human survival. Is the current administration deliberately remaking the United States into a failed state, orchestrating our doom? Sacrificing healthcare to boost wealth of the already richest few, making the EPA prioritize needs of polluting industries, “deconstruction” of the administrative state – these GOP acts are as exactly engineered to make the U.S. a failed state as gerrymandered districts are exactly engineered to let legislators select their constituents.

Past civilizations also celebrated their greatness at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that the GOP seems to be intentionally bringing down the last remnants of our functioning democracy within months. And as we become a failed corporate-controlled petrostate, we’ll lock in climate change to bring down life across the whole planet. I urge you to consider this looming danger when articulating policy disagreements. Constituents have the right to grasp what’s at stake. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2017 at 1:50pm

Indivisible Guide has contact info for senators' legislative assistants specifically handling health care issues.

This especially matters, with reports of a secret Republican substitute health care bill that will be introduced as a substitute amendment, after the 20 hours of debate on the current health care bill. If everything goes as planned, Democrats and the public (not to mention most Republican senators) will have only hours before the vote to pass it.

Republicans plan to use a "reconciliation" process on the new bill, which doesn't allow debate but does allow unlimited amendments which must each be considered.

OurAmendments.org explains the call for "filibuster by amendment", and lets you submit a personalized amendment to your senators, "Guaranteeing Maintenance of Affordable Coverage for [your name]". (It wouldn't hurt to contact your senators directly, suggesting other amendments!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 19, 2017 at 10:12pm

Letter to Rep House:

I urge you to oppose these anti-worker bills, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776), the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 2775), and the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723). These deceptively named bills make it nearly impossible for workers to exercise their right to join together to bargain for better wages and working conditions. The Orwellian-named Employee Rights Act would make it nearly impossible for workers to form a union.

In Austraila, a Climate Emergency Declaration Petition calls on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilisation. Climate scientists say that we face a climate emergency, and that our actions so far have come nowhere near what is required to avoid catastrophic climate change. The deadly Portuguese forest fires are a small foretaste of what awaits forested areas of the United States such as in Pennsylvania, as heat and drought rise. I urge you to submit a Climate Emergency Declaration here.

I urge you to vote no on the Verify First Act (H.R. 2581). The bill would deprive ELIGIBLE immigrant families, including those with citizen kids, from accessing the ACA and seeing a doctor when they get sick. It also would hurt the ACA by keeping young, healthy, immigrants from participating in the marketplaces, something which helps keep premiums down for everyone. U.S. citizens who were born abroad or naturalized would be impacted. It’s a backdoor sabotage of the ACA. The GOP is attacking the law in a piecemeal fashion to weaken health coverage and the resulting uncertainty is already causing havoc in healthcare.

I urge you to block widening the war in Syria. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria. The U.S. military has already taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump’s address in Saudi Arabia in early May made clear the United States was going to take sides in the Middle East’s sectarian struggle, choosing to back Sunni Arab states in an effort to isolate Shiite-ruled Iran. Russia angrily condemned our downing of a Syrian aircraft as a flagrant violation of international law, and said its forces will treat U.S. coalition aircraft over Syria as targets. Trump's administration had put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests before the recent strike in Syria. Even traditional Iran hawks, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, don’t approve of US escalation. Mattis, military commanders, and top U.S. diplomats all oppose opening up a broader front against Iran and its proxies in southeastern Syria, viewing it as a risky move that could draw the United States into a dangerous confrontation with Iran. The contest with Iran in Iraq and Syria is not something that will be won or lost in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after berating Qatar for sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels.  Do Republicans intend to flame old hatreds into World War III, in order to raise the price of oil, profit from arming both sides, and create a permanent war footing to justify their transition to tyranny? Do you?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 19, 2017 at 10:11pm

Letter to Republican Senator:

Decent health care should be recognized as a right for everyone, rather than being rationed by profiteering insurance conglomerates under the guise of “freedom”, which comes down to freedom from health care. The AHCA is expected to raise premiums 20%. Not even the Secretary of Health and Human Services knows what the Senate is planning. If, as Andy Slavitt and others suggest, the GOP pulls out a substitute amendment at the last hour to entirely replace the “nothing” bill debated, that precedent would permanently destroy the last remnant facade of democracy, abruptly unveiling the Trump dictatorship. 65% of Americans currently think Trump has little to no respect for the country’s institutions; the substitute amendment would foster unanimity.

I urge you to oppose Joseph Otting for Comptroller of the Currency. Otting’s history as CEO of OneWest raises major concerns about his potential role overseeing the largest banks in the nation. Under the leadership of Otting and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, OneWest was censured for its irresponsible lending practices and engaging in robo-signing (i.e. approving mortgage- and foreclosure-related documents without reviewing or verifying them). Just last month, a OneWest subsidiary agreed to pay $89 million to settle a complaint that it had defrauded the Federal Housing Administration. While comptrollers are typically attorneys with a history of government service, Otting is a businessman without an advanced degree – although he did recently admit to lying about having earned a degree from Dartmouth College.

I urge you to block widening the war in Syria. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria. The U.S. military has already taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump’s address in Saudi Arabia in early May made clear the United States was going to take sides in the Middle East’s sectarian struggle, choosing to back Sunni Arab states in an effort to isolate Shiite-ruled Iran. Russia angrily condemned our downing of a Syrian aircraft as a flagrant violation of international law, and said its forces will treat U.S. coalition aircraft over Syria as targets. Trump’s administration had put Iran “on notice” for its ballistic missile tests before the recent strike in Syria. Even traditional Iran hawks, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, don’t approve of US escalation. Mattis, military commanders, and top U.S. diplomats all oppose opening up a broader front against Iran and its proxies in southeastern Syria, viewing it as a risky move that could draw the United States into a dangerous confrontation with Iran. The contest with Iran in Iraq and Syria is not something that will be won or lost in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after berating Qatar for sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels.  Do Republicans intend to flame old hatreds into World War III, in order to raise the price of oil, profit from arming both sides, and create a permanent war footing to justify their transition to tyranny? Do you?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 19, 2017 at 10:10pm

Letter to democratic Sen:

Democratic senators still haven't decided how far to take their AHCA protest - including whether to bring the Senate to a standstill. I urge you to support withholding consent and filibuster by amendment.

In Australia, a Climate Emergency Declaration Petition calls on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a massive society-wide climate action mobilization. Climate scientists say that we face a climate emergency, and that our actions so far have come nowhere near what is required to avoid catastrophic climate change. The deadly Portuguese forest fires are a small foretaste of what awaits forested areas of the United States such as in Pennsylvania, as heat and drought rise. I urge you to submit a Climate Emergency Declaration here.

I urge you to oppose Joseph Otting for Comptroller of the Currency. Otting’s history as CEO of OneWest raises major concerns about his potential role overseeing the largest banks in the nation. Under the leadership of Otting and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, OneWest was censured for its irresponsible lending practices and engaging in robo-signing (i.e. approving mortgage- and foreclosure-related documents without reviewing or verifying them). Just last month, a OneWest subsidiary agreed to pay $89 million to settle a complaint that it had defrauded the Federal Housing Administration. While comptrollers are typically attorneys with a history of government service, Otting is a businessman without an advanced degree – and he recently admitted to lying about having earned a degree from Dartmouth College.

I urge you to block widening the war in Syria. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria. The U.S. military has already taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump’s address in Saudi Arabia in early May made clear the United States was going to take sides in the Middle East’s sectarian struggle, choosing to back Sunni Arab states in an effort to isolate Shiite-ruled Iran. Russia angrily condemned our downing of a Syrian aircraft as a flagrant violation of international law, and said its forces will treat U.S. coalition aircraft over Syria as targets. Trump’s administration had put Iran “on notice” for its ballistic missile tests before the recent strike in Syria. Even traditional Iran hawks, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, don’t approve of US escalation. Mattis, military commanders, and top U.S. diplomats all oppose opening up a broader front against Iran and its proxies in southeastern Syria, viewing it as a risky move that could draw the United States into a dangerous confrontation with Iran. The contest with Iran in Iraq and Syria is not something that will be won or lost in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after berating Qatar for sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2017 at 1:02pm

Letter to Rep Senator Toomey:

Alarming rumors suggest that McConnell plans to put out an imposter health care bill on Monday, June 26.  After 20 hours of debate on that shell—10 for senators on each side—and then McConnell can swap in a complete substitute amendment that nobody has read, analyzed, debated on Tuesday with a vote that date or Wednesday. If this wicked trick is used to hoodwink Americans, you can be sure the tsunami of constituent rage at our betrayal will sweep out your fiendish political party. A big feature of the House bill—which is expected to remain in the Senate—is deregulating the health insurance industry, rendering everyone helpless.  Twenty seven percent of people under 65 have a pre-existing condition. Are you ready for their outrage? I urge you to dissuade McConnell from such action.

Besides making us sicker and easier to exploit, this iniquitous bill will eliminate jobs. WalletHub’s analysts said that Pennsylvania is among the top five states facing “the most potential jobs lost to repeal of tax credits and Medicaid expansion in 2019”. The Economic Policy Institute found that “Nationally, all-else-equal, the AHCA could slow job growth by 409,000 in 2019, by 1.1 million in 2020, by 1.6 million in 2021, and by 1.8 million in 2022.”

Indivisible believes that you, Pat Toomey, are among the 10 most likely to break with their party to defeat the health bill. I urge you to do so.

A new bill introduced in the Senate would weaken critical fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, making consumers pay $34 billion more in gas costs over the next eight years. We agreed to cut in half emissions from our vehicles by 2025 as part of a national plan to reduce pollution. Consumer Reports found that strong fuel economy standards save consumers $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck in gas costs, even with low gas prices. Consumers can’t afford for Congress to turn the clock back on these standards. If this legislation passes, we could lose an average of 10 miles-per-gallon in fuel efficiency on new vehicles. I urge you to stand strong on fuel economy standards.

In the House, Congressman Walter Jones has just proposed that Congress should cut off the funding for any more U.S. war-making in Afghanistan. I think spending $800 billion largely on killing people in Afghanistan, generating enemies and causing environmental destruction while eroding our civil liberties and rationalizing government secrecy is more than enough. Since Trump authorized his generals to conduct war there on their own authority, troop commitment has soared. Only Congress can stop this hemorrhage of American lives. I urge you to include an amendment to the budget banning all funding for U.S. war-making in Afghanistan.

 

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