Senator Hoeven released a noncommittal statement on the health care bill this morning:
“Obamacare is failing and premiums continue to increase dramatically with some markets down to one or no insurance providers. That is why we need to make reforms to provide Americans with access to health care and affordable health insurance with more choice and competition. The CBO score of the Senate draft health care bill indicates that this legislation needs additional work to ensure that it meets this goal. Also, health care reform will be a process, not one bill. We need to stabilize the health insurance market to make it more competitive so consumers have access to better and more affordable health care policies. In addition, we want to ensure that low-income people have access to health care coverage either through Medicaid or a refundable tax credit that enables them to buy their own health insurance policy.”
That doesn’t sound like a no vote, does it? Let’s help him make up his mind.
ACTION #1: COME TO OUR PROTEST ON TOMORROW. We will be on the sidewalk in front of his Fargo office tomorrow from 12:15 to 12:45. We know it’s hard for people to get out in the middle of the workday. Please come if you can. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let you know if you can attend so we can get a head count. If you can’t attend but would still like to participate, you can tell us your ACA story at this form. We will print them out and bring them with us tomorrow.
ACTION #2: If you are in North Dakota, please visit Sen. Hoeven’s office or call to tell your health care story. Office visits are more effective than phone calls, so please go to the office if you can. We have heard that the staff in the Fargo office has been very pleasant and they want to hear your stories.
ACTION #3: CALL YOUR DEMOCRATIC SENATOR(S) and let them know that we expect them to do everything they can to delay this vote. If we can push the vote until after the upcoming recess, that will give people in states like Maine and Alaska more time to work on Republican Senators who may be persuaded to vote against this bill. Democrats should use whatever procedures are available to them, whether it’s withholding consent or adding amendments, to delay this bill. We know their power is limited WE EXPECT THEM TO DO WHAT THEY CAN with the power they have.
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