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Who to Call

What to Say

Here are some talking points you should go over:
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your story. If health care reform has positively impacted your life, or if repeal would negatively impact your life, let your representative know. Personal stories are sometimes the most effective ways to influence policy.
  • Demand transparency. GOP senators are hiding their health care repeal from the public, and are trying to rush it through before their July 4th recess without any public hearings. Let them know that they can’t negotiate our health care away behind closed doors.
  • If the Senate’s health care repeal is anything like what House Republicans voted for, it would take coverage away from 23 million Americans — harming millions of Americans while cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires.
  • The ACA prevents discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes. Without the ACA, insurance companies are free to turn these people away or charge them discriminatory premiums. Any plan that doesn’t make essential health benefits and coverage for those with pre-existing conditions mandatory is absolutely non-negotiable.
  • Since the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010, over 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained health insurance. If the Republicans follow through with gutting the ACA, 23 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

Some Tips

Introduce yourself

Introduce yourself, ask for the name of the person who handles health care policy, and share where you're from so your representative’s staff know that you're a constituent. (“Hi, this is Joe calling from Wilmington, Delaware. Can I speak to the person in your office who handles health care policy?”)

Say why you’re calling & what you want to happen

State the reason you are calling and the specific action you want your representative to take — the Affordable Care Act saves lives and ask your representative to vote against repealing it.


Share how the call went on Facebook and Twitter and encourage your friends to reach out to their representative.
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