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  • andy2

    Spend your time writing and calling Member’s offices in DC and local offices back in districts.

    • Anon

      I live in DC and am not registered anywhere else. I am active in other activities, but think physical manifestations of protest can be very meaningful. And sometimes you’re just angry and want to yell a little bit.

    • Susan

      Andy, many of us are DC residents who have nobody to call, all we can do is show our displeasure by protesting

      • Anon

        And give money! Which you better believe I also did today.

        • Hill Denizen

          +1 and get your friends and family in other states to call and write. You can type up a script, get them the numbers, coach them through.

      • bean

        Until DC has a vote in congress, frankly, all of those representatives and senators are mine. I pay their salaries. So they damn well better listen when any DC resident calls. I don’t think DC residents should shy away from calling house reps and senators. You’re going to be affected by the outcome of this bill, so you should have a say in it.

        • saf

          I agree, but the fact is, they won’t take our calls and ignore any communication from folks who are not in their district.

          • dcgator

            Is this actually true? The *one* time I called recently, they did not ask to confirm my residence, etc.

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  • Ray ray

    Like many visitors to this site, I don’t have a Member to call. The optics of an on-site protest can be valuable, too.

  • JohnH

    Quite frankly, this vote SHOULD be good for Democrats if they can actually communicate effectively (long time problem of theirs..). The CBO scoring on this will be a disaster and they can pin down every single person who votes YES for this in the next midterms.
    .
    Go ahead and protest, but there are options to support locally. Just because you don’t live in Barbara Comstock’s district, doesn’t mean you can’t help defeat her. Just sayin’. You already know she’s terrified cause she voted against it.

  • melissa

    I have a few rare diseases and I am recovering from an MRSA infection as a result of these diseases effect on my body. Now a few more hospital tests will be rescheduled and surgery put off by at least a few weeks. I have a consult with a brain surgeon in two weeks as well.

    Those of you who CAN protest, please DO IT.

    I feel awful begging strangers to protest. But you to show up for US (those of us UNABLEto protest including little kiddos) in numbers, if not for yourself.

    • Anon

      There is no need to delay anything. Don’t you know that it will be a long time before any replacement goes into effect, and chances are that it will look very different from what the House passed today.
      First the Senate has to pass a bill and they’re saying they will write a different bill. After they pass that, the two bills will go to a reconciliation committee to draft a bill that incorporates features from both bills. Then….back to both Houses for final votes. Then…on to the White House for the President’s signature.
      Still with me?
      Then the bill goes to the Department of Health and Human Services so they can write the regulations to implement the legislation. Do you have any idea how long that’s going to take?
      Don’t panic. Don’t worry. It will all be OK. It will likely be phased in over several years just like Obamacare was.

      • mtpresident

        I suspect the delay is from the infection rather than politics.

    • DC Rez

      Sitting on the porch across the street from City Hall in Sacramento and reading this brings a tear to my eye. Actions in DC are threatening real people across the entire Nation. Even if it does take years, it is still threatening and disheartening to know that some leaders in this Country indicate they don’t have empathy for our compatriots who may be in need of loving compassion and real support, in some cases to just keep living. Governor Brown warned us! Beyond a massive assault, it’s an “abomination”…
      https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.?id=19777

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      • lizcolleena

        Agree, but I think the majority of DC residents who are opposed to this would appreciate if you’d say “actions in Congress” or “actions by the White House” or something else along those lines. Quit blaming our fair city for the trouble caused by a bunch of morons sent here by the rest of the country. We’re the real DC!

  • gonzo

    Those that arent on a plane on their way home are yukking it up at the WH.

    Staff are likely already drunk because, wow, what a week.

  • Madge

    Just for some perspective, those of us fortunate to live in area with access to multiple healthcare options often don’t consider the plight of those who live in so-called “fly-over country.”

    Some points to ponder:
    – The benchmark premium on the federal ObamaCare exchanges increased an average of 25% this year

    – Pres. Obama promised to lower annual health-care premiums by $2,500 per family, but Instead the cost of employer-sponsored family coverage increased by $4,372 between 2010 and 2016. See http://kff.org/interactive/premiums-and-worker-contributions/#/?coverageGroup=family&filter1=&startYear=2010

    – As premium and deductible costs have risen steadily, choices are disappearing, especially in rural areas – nearly one-third of U.S. counties have only one insurer offering plans on ObamaCare’s exchanges

    I’m not trying to be political here, but instead would like to point out that all is not roses under the ACA.

    • melissa

      But some of us will literally die or re-become disabled under this new law. (Like me)

      And how can you say you’re not trying to be political, when some of us will literally die when the AHCA terminates our health care? I looked at the chart and I am guessing my annual premium will be over 26k a year under the AHCA once I am kicked off Medicaid. I am currently still able to make about 15k a year.

      So, I will go on disability and BACK onto Medicaid when I am making about 800$ a month on SSI.

      We are real people. You can point at people in the Midwest and interpret what they feel, but I am mind blown that makes it ok that some of us will die.

    • Schmoop

      But there’s a difference between “better” and “worse.” The AHCA is “worse.” I’m in touch with people across the country who suffer from my rare disease, and everyone is equally worried about the provisions of this legislation. Our patient foundation (located in Colorado) released a statement. http://pscpartners.org/psc-partners-statement-macarthur-amendment-proposal-ahca/

    • anon

      All is not roses anyway, as long as we are talking about access to health INSURANCE in this country, still, rather than actual access to HEALTH CARE.

      • dcd

        Yes, this is a fundamental point. A companion (subsidiary?) point is that if we are going to continue to discuss health insurance, and not health care, we need to decouple the ability to access quality insurance from employment. It’s a relic of a bygone era that made sense at the time, but has in the past few decades become an impediment to reform.

        • +1. A related point is that we need to stop segregating both health care (VA and Indian Health Service) and insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) by population group, which results in disparate systems each with their own sets of problems.

    • dcd

      Allow me to translate: “The Affordable Care Act, which the GOP refused for seven years to do anything to improve, even though there were obvious, nonpartisan fixes, and indeed have tried their level best to actively undermine both before and after Trump came into office, is not perfect. Therefore, we must pass the ACHA, even though it was much worse that the ACA for all the myriad reasons described when first introduced. In order to make it palatable, however, the GOP has kept the bad portions of the bill, and inexplicably undermined the single most popular provision of the ACA – the guarantee that preexisting conditions will be covered without dramatic, individualized premium increases. But, the ACA isn’t perfect, so this is a great development!”
      .
      If the human cost wasn’t potentially so high, I’d be giggling myself silly, thinking of the reaction of Trump’s base when the consequences of this hit them. But really, we’re a long way from that. The Senate is going to craft an entirely different bill than this, it will have to meet the reconciliation criteria, it will have to survive conference – and as someone mentioned above, the CBO estimate is going to be crushing.

      • anon

        The thing that kills me is that so much of the ACA drew from Republican ideas that they suddenly turned their backs on once democrats were proposing them. There were reversals of positions and papers retracted at the Heritage Foundation, of all places.

    • lizcolleena

      I’m a flyover country native and let me tell you, healthcare back home is significantly superior to here in DC. I know that’s not the case everywhere, but this is not a coastal elite thing whereby we have some advantage for living in a major urban area. In fact, it’s probably to the contrary when you consider cost of living.

      • Leeran

        Yeah, I have no idea where this person is getting their idea of how the world works. Besides the fact that a lot of the issues with the ACA come from 7 years of the GOP trying to sabotage it, care is not something that’s better on the coasts. The one thing I’d give you is that DC has a strong job market so maybe a higher percentage of people are on employer plans, but that’s about it.

  • Anon

    Question, why do people protest more after something has already happened? Has it ever been more effective to protest before or during?

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