TODAY’S ACTION: THANK YOUR SENATORS

It seems like the ACA repeal effort is over (for now). If you made a call, sent a text, visited a representative’s office, or showed up at a rally, YOU helped make this happen.

Today we are contacting our Senators to thank them for listening to us and saving our access to health care. If the ACA matters to you, please take the time today to tell them how much you appreciate the work they put in to hear us out and stand up for us.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: NO ON REPEAL AND DELAY

Good news! Last night the Senate health care bill died when two more senators came out against it.

Bad news! McConnell is resurrecting a previous bill which would repeal the ACA in two years, while Congress takes that time to craft a replacement.

THIS IS A BAD IDEA. It would cause upheaval in the insurance market because insurance companies would have no idea what the replacement might look like.

THE CBO HAS ALREADY SCORED THIS BILL, and it’s worse than the one that just failed.

–32 million people would lose their coverage within 10 years, including 18 million in the first year of the repeal. That’s 10% of the population of this country.

–Within that 32 million, 19 million would lose Medicaid coverage.

–Premiums in the individual market would increase by 20 to 25% the first year and DOUBLE within 10 years.

–According to the CBO score, “about half of the nation’s population lives in areas that would have no insurer participating in the nongroup market in the first year after the repeal of the marketplace subsidies took effect, and that share would continue to increase, extending to about three-quarters of the population by 2026.”

If you’re in North Dakota, please call Sen. Hoeven today and ask him to oppose the repeal and delay plan.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
DC: 202-224-2551
Text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask Sen. Hoeven to oppose the Cruz amendment

TODAY’S ACTION: But first, some updates on where the health care bill stands.

–The vote was planned for this week, but as you may have heard, Sen. John McCain is in Arizona recovering from a surgical procedure for at least the rest of this week. We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sen. McCain.

–Senators Collins and Paul have said that they will not vote for the current Senate health care bill. That means that if one more senator says they will vote against it (or vote against holding a vote on it), it’s done.

–Sen. Heller of Nevada announced that he would not vote for the previous iteration but has not made a statement on this one.

–Per his website, Sen. Hoeven is reviewing the new bill and has not made a decision on whether he will vote for it.

Today we are focusing our calls and texts on the Cruz amendment. Sen. Cruz added an amendment to the bill that would allow insurers to offer plans without coverage for essential health benefits or pre-existing conditions as long as they offered ONE plan of any kind that has that coverage. This means that they could pretty much charge you whatever they want to cover your pre-existing condition, while also selling cheap policies that cover next to nothing.

CRITICAL NOTE: THIS ALSO APPLIES TO EMPLOYER-BASED COVERAGE. If the bill passes with this amendment, your employer could offer you “health insurance” that covers very little. Your only options would be to find another job with better insurance or buy a more comprehensive plan on the individual market at what would almost certainly be a very steep price.

Do you want this to happen to you? If not (and if you’re a North Dakotan), please call Sen. Hoeven today and ask him to oppose the Cruz amendment.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
DC: 202-224-2551
Text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask your Secretary of State not to give voter info

The Trump administration wants your voting data. From NPR:

“A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from some state election officials. The letter, sent Wednesday to all 50 states, requests that all publicly available voter roll data be sent to the White House by July 14, five days before the panel’s first meeting.

The information requested includes the names, addresses, birthdates, political party (if recorded), last four digits of the voter’s Social Security Number and which elections the voter has participated in since 2006, for every registered voter in the country.”

Do you want them to have it? Do you trust them to NOT use it to suppress your right to vote or the voting rights of your fellow citizens?

Call or email your Secretary of State’s office and ask them NOT TO COMPLY with this request.

“I do not want my voting data shared with the White House voting commission. Please do not reply with their request to share our state’s voting data.”

Minnesota:
secretary.state@state.mn.us
1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

North Dakota:
sos@nd.gov
701-328-2900

If you can’t come to tomorrow’s protest

 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 indivisiblefm@gmail.com 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.
Fargo: 701-239-5389
DC: 202-224-2551
 
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.
 
Sen. Heitkamp:
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
 
Sen. Franken:
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
 
Sen. Klobuchar:
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
 

THIS WEEK’S ACTIONS: Save our health care!

THIS IS IT, INDIVISIBLES. This week will decide whether many of us will lose our access to all kinds of health care, from those served by Medicaid (including children with disabilities and people in nursing homes) to those who use rural hospitals to those who get their health care at Planned Parenthood.
 
Think back to how you felt on election night. Did you feel like you should have done more before the election? Do you want to feel that way again? We don’t. That’s why we’re here.
 
We have THREE ACTIONS that we need you to take this week before the expected vote on Thursday.
 
ACTION #1: 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.
 
Fargo: 701-239-5389
DC: 202-224-2551
 
ACTION #2: 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.
 
Sen. Heitkamp:
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
 
Sen. Franken:
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
 
Sen. Klobuchar:
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
 
ACTION #3: COME TO OUR PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY. We are holding another pop-up health care protest. This one will be on the public sidewalk in front of Sen. Hoeven’s office on Wednesday 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 indivisiblefm@gmail.com to let you know if you can attend so we can get a head count.
You don’t want to look back later and think of all the things you should have done. Now is the time to act.

INDIVISIBLES, ACTIVATE!

MEMBERS OF INDIVISIBLE, WE NEED YOU NOW!!! The fight for affordable health care is one of the main reasons we exist and our biggest battle is going on right now. The Senate GOP members have released their health care bill to the public yesterday and it attacks the most vulnerable among us.
 
The bill is especially dire for the state of North Dakota given our current fiscal difficulties. Not only will the Medicaid expansion be phased out by 2021, but the regular Medicaid program will also be cut. The state is expected to pick up the slack and we can’t afford it. More people will be without health care and we can expect bankruptcies due to medical bills to increase, while the wealthiest will receive a tax cut.
 
TODAY’S ACTIONS (in order of priority):
1. If at all possible stop in at Sen. Hoeven’s Fargo office at 1802 32nd Ave S, Suite B. Taking the time to go to his office is the most effective way to get your message across.
 
2. Call Sen. Hoeven at his local office (701) 239-5389 or his DC office (202) 224-2551. Voice your concern and ask him to oppose the Senate bill for the sake of the state of North Dakota.
 
3. Send a fax using RESIST by texting 50409. Instructions will follow. The message must be short. (Ex. Vote “NO” on the Senate health care bill. Vote for your state – not your party.
 
4. Leave a message on Sen. Hoeven’s Facebook page asking him to vote “NO”.
 
5. Call Sen. Heitkamp and thank her for her support. Fargo Office (701) 232-8030 or her DC office (202) 224-2043.
 
6. All of the above.
 
The time has come and we need all of our voices to be heard NOW!
 
• The Senate bill begins to phase out the Medicaid expansion in 2021 — and cuts the rest of the program’s budget too. The Senate bill would end the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans.
 
• It would also cut the rest of the public insurance program. Better Care would also limit government spending on the rest of the Medicaid program, giving states a set amount to spend per person rather than the insurance program’s currently open-ended funding commitment and setting a lifetime cap on benefits.
 
• The Senate bill provides smaller subsidies for less generous health insurance plans with higher deductibles. The Affordable Care Act provides government help to anyone who earns less than 400 percent of the federal poverty line. The people who earn the least get the most help. The Senate bill would make those subsidies much smaller for many people, and only provide the money to those earning less than 350 percent of the poverty line. The Senate bill will tether the size of its tax credits to what it takes to purchase a skimpier health insurance plan than the type of plans Affordable Care Act subsidies were meant to buy. Essentially, these tax credits buy less health insurance.
 
• The Senate bill seems to allow states to opt out of Obamacare’s marketplaces and essential health benefits requirement. A new waiver process would allow states to overhaul their insurance markets, including ending the essential health benefit requirement and specific subsidies that benefit low income Americans.
 
• The Senate bill repeals the individual mandate — and replaces it with nothing. The bill gets rid of the Affordable Care Act’s unpopular requirement that nearly all Americans carry health coverage or pay a fine. This could cause significant disruption in the individual market because it takes away a key incentive healthy people have to buy coverage, meaning only sick people may sign up.
 
• The bill would cut taxes for the wealthy. Obamacare included tax increases that hit wealthy Americans hardest in order to pay for its coverage expansion. The Senate bill would get rid of those taxes. Obamacare was one of the biggest redistributions of wealth from the rich to the poor; the Senate bill would reverse that.
 
• The Senate bill defunds Planned Parenthood for one year and attacks women’s health care. This would mean Medicaid patients could no longer seek treatment at Planned Parenthood clinics. Experts expect this would result in low-income Americans getting less medical care and having more unintended pregnancies, as access to contraceptives would decline.
 
• All in all, the replacement plan benefits people who are healthy and high-income, and disadvantages those who are sicker and lower-income. The replacement plan would make several changes to what health insurers can charge enrollees who purchase insurance on the individual market, as well as changing what benefits their plans must cover. In aggregate, these changes could be advantageous to younger and healthier enrollees who want skimpier (and cheaper) benefit packages. But they could be costly for older and sicker Obamacare enrollees who rely on the law’s current requirements, and would be asked to pay more for less generous coverage.

TODAY’S ACTION: Where’s the bill?

One of our members, Jon L., was able to reach Ben Bergstrom last week in Sen. Hoeven’s office last week, and was promised that the full text of the ACA repeal bill would be available 10-14 days before a vote.
 
While that’s clearly not enough time, it’s better than some of the alternatives that have been discussed, including sneaking in a bill at the last possible moment that no one has read, including the senators who are voting on it.
 
We need to hold Sen. Hoeven to his promise not to vote for a bill until and unless North Dakotans have had at least 10 days to read the bill and learn how it will affect them. Call his office today and ask them to verify that he has made this commitment to his constituents. And if he won’t commit to it, why not? Does he work for Mitch McConnell or does he work for North Dakota?
 
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Text RESIST to 50409. If you have used Resistbot enough times, you can use the command “senior” to fax only Sen. Hoeven.

TODAY’S ACTION: Call and share to save the ACA

We are hearing that McConnell intends to hold a vote on the ACA repeal before June 30, and with very little time between when the vote is announced and when it happens.

We still don’t know what will be in the Senate’s version of the AHCA, because there 13 Republican men deciding about the future of your health care system, and they are not holding any public hearings on it. By contrast, Congress held 179 hearings while they were crafting and debating the ACA.

We have very little time left to save the ACA. If we have a chance, this is what we need you to do this week.

1. CALL. North Dakotans, call Hoeven’s DC office at 202-224-2551 and ask to speak to Ben Bergstrom. He is Sen. Hoeven’s health legislative assistant.

2. TELL Ben your personal health care story. How have you benefited from the ACA? What are you worried will happen to you and your family if the ACA is repealed? Make sure you know what you want to talk about before you call.

3. ASK what Sen. Hoeven is going to do to alleviate your concerns.
–Will Sen. Hoeven promise not to vote for a bill that would increase insurance rates for people like me with pre-existing conditions?
–Will Sen. Hoeven promise not to vote for a bill that takes away my/my family member’s Medicaid coverage?
–Will Sen. Hoeven vote no on any bill that will hurt rural hospitals?

4. WRITE down some notes from your conversation and email us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com. We may ask you to write a letter to the editor about your conversation.

5. SHARE. Whether you live in ND or not, please ask your friends and family members to call the Senators on this list, ask for the health legislative assistant, and ask how the new bill will make their health care better rather than worse (or nonexistent).

It is REALLY IMPORTANT that we call this week. This is the turning point. We can save the ACA, or we can go back to the old system where people went bankrupt or died for lack of the money to pay for health insurance.

TODAY’S ACTION: Tell Stenehjem you don’t support the travel ban

North Dakota

TODAY’S ACTION: North Dakota is one of 16 states which have petitioned the Supreme Court to defend Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The brief states the “travel ban” order did not unconstitutionally single out Muslims and was needed to protect national security.
 
This is a unilateral action by the current North Dakota administration and the Attorney General’s office in Bismarck to uphold Trump’s executive order which is currently being fought out in the court system.
 
Today let’s call Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office at 701-328-2210 in Bismarck to protest this unilateral action on behalf of the state of North Dakota. Tell him this “travel ban” is in violation of the first amendment and does not represent the views of all North Dakotans.

Minnesota

Great news, Minnesotans! Governor Dayton has signed on with other states to uphold the Paris Accord. In addition to our great state, the states that have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance now include California, Washington, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.