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Opinion Don't wait, call your senators and tell them how TrumpCare threatens you

20:00  28 july  2017
20:00  28 july  2017 Source:   thehill.com

Analysis | Enough about McCain. It was Collins, Murkowski and red-state Democrats who killed Trumpcare

  Analysis | Enough about McCain. It was Collins, Murkowski and red-state Democrats who killed Trumpcare The ones who flip at the last minute get the attention. The ones there all along often don't.This ends up yielding weird results. It’s not the politicians who’ve actively pushed for or against a measure for years, building relationships with activists and introducing legislation who get the credit for passage. It’s the guy who’s spent all that time indifferent about or hostile to the cause, who at the last minute flips his position. That’s the guy who makes the headlines. The others have to live with, you know, winning.

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In voting for the motion to proceed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans have single-handily usurped the will of an overwhelming majority of voters and dismantled the procedural norms of the Senate.

With the health and well-being of tens of millions of hard-working Americans in the balance, Republicans have forced a vote without even knowing the final text of the legislation they are voting on, without any final guidance from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as to its cost implications and without a single public hearing or town hall to discuss its impacts.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has joined Democrats opposed to this effort, perhaps said in best in an interview on ABC's "This Week", that, "These changes will be made without the Senate having held a single hearing to evaluate their impact."

She's exactly right: While there were 100 hearings in the Senate during the initial passage of the ACA, with dozens of Republican amendments considered as part of the negotiations, the Senate hasn't held a single hearing on TrumpCare or heard from a single expert witness on the impacts of this legislation.

The American people deserve better than these unprecedented political maneuvers, backroom political deals and this absolute violation of the very norms that act as the foundation of our democracy.

Trumpcare Collapsed Because the Republican Party Cannot Govern

  Trumpcare Collapsed Because the Republican Party Cannot Govern It was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology. In a pure market system, access to medical care will be unaffordable for a huge share of the public. Giving them access to quality care means mobilizing government power to redistribute resources, either through direct tax and transfers or through regulations that raise costs for the healthy and lower them for the sick. Obamacare uses both methods, and both are utterly repugnant and unacceptable to movement conservatives.

In today's era of partisan politics, there are few instances in which the American people have been more strongly united in their beliefs than in opposition to TrumpCare. In the latest CNN poll, just 18 percent of Americans wanted Republicans in Congress to vote for this ambiguous motion, which can enable the repeal of the Affordable Care Act regardless of whether a replacement is ready.

Meanwhile, a full 77 percent of Americans believe it's important for Republicans in Congress to work with Democrats to pass a healthcare bill that has bipartisan support. The consensus is clear: Unless Trump and his congressional Republicans are ready to work with Democrats, voters want Republicans to keep their hands off healthcare.

It's not just the American people who stand united in opposition to the unprecedented vote by the Senate today. In Monday's New York Times, every major patients' rights group in the country urged the Senate to stop this madness - from the March of Dimes, to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

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  Trump's strong-arm tactics backfire in Senate, experts say President Trump's strong-arm negotiating tactics may have worked against business opponents but they are backfiring with Republican senators, who resent being bullied to vote with the president on health care and other issues and have the political clout to resist him, experts say."No matter how strong or dominant a personality the president has, he is going to have trouble taking on an American political institution as powerful as the U.S. Senate," said Grant Reeher, a political science professor and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University. "Senators have a strong sense of independence and sense of self that says 'I don't get pushed around that way.

Catholic Sisters took it a step further, announcing that TrumpCare is the "most harmful legislation for American families in our lifetimes" and urging Republicans to seek a bipartisan solution. Republican governors, including John Kasich (R-Ohio), joined the chorus, urging Republicans to reject their own healthcare proposal and work with Democrats. Even America's health insurers have spoken out against this legislation.

In reality, there is no constituency for this bill - that is, except Donald Trump. Trump and his Republicans want a legislative win, and they're willing to threaten the lives of tens of millions of Americans to get it.

Thus, regardless of the fierce opposition to TrumpCare that we know exists, as we have seen with the actions by the Senate, Republicans are willing to do anything to get a win. It's in moments such as these that polls just simply aren't enough, and I say that as a pollster. Polls can help measure the intense opposition to this legislation that exists among the American people, but this opposition needs a voice - your voice.

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  The Americans Who Saved Health Insurance The fight isn’t over, but savor last week’s victory and recognize its heroes.Many Americans look back on the heroic political fights of the past — for suffrage, Social Security, civil rights, Medicare — and wonder why today’s politics never produce inspiring victories. Well, we just witnessed one.

In moments like these, it is so critically important for Americans of all political stripes to stand up and make our voices heard - loudly and directly. We can't sit idly by as our supposed representatives brutally gut a 50-year-old safety net like Medicaid, a vital health program for 70 million Americans.

The single-most effective way to stop this recklessness is to speak up. There is still time to restore some sanity to our system. You need to call your senators and tell them how TrumpCare will affect you and your family, because we each have a story to tell.

We will each be personally affected by this dangerous legislation. Call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your senators. Share your story with your senators, and tell them that we need to all come together as Americans to make our healthcare system better for us all.

Matt McDermott is a pollster and associate director at Whitman Insight Strategies, a consulting firm based in New York City that advises companies and political campaigns for Democrats and Independents. He can be found on Twitter @mattmfm.

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