EPPN: Tell your senators to protect health care

Posted Sep 20, 2017

[Episcopal Public Policy Network policy alert] Over the past two weeks, U.S. senators have worked transparently and diligently on bipartisan legislation to improve health care for Americans. Yet now, Senate leaders are risking undermining progress in their own bipartisan reform process with a new attempt to repeal health care for tens of millions of Americans. The legislation, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill would reduce the scale and impact of Medicaid and make it harder for millions of Americans to access affordable health care. The Graham-Cassidy bill lacks the benefits of informed public hearings with experts and thoughtful bipartisan compromises, and does not address the concerns highlighted in earlier ACA repeal efforts.

Call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and urge your senators to oppose Graham-Cassidy!

Sample Call Script:

  • “Hello, my name is ___. I am your constituent, a person of faith, an Episcopalian, and I am calling to urge Senator ___ tooppose the Graham-Cassidy bill which would devastate millions Americans.
  • A reform of this magnitude needs bipartisan fixes and transparent evaluation. I’m concerned that a bill this important would be considered when it is not public and has not had serious vetting, analysis, and comment from the people it will impact.
  • Over the past months, our nation has suffered from the division, fear, and confusion created by rushed consideration of secret partisan proposals on health care.
  • I have been encouraged by the recent bipartisan agreement to secure the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and hearings and negotiations on practical steps to stabilize the affordability of health insurance for example, and I urge the Senator to focus on supporting these types of measures.
  • I am praying for you, and I hope you will oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Call now!


Comments (5)

  1. De Lise Frampton Hartzell says:

    Outrageous! Absolute lack of compassion and caring. Have called my two senators (both democrats)
    who have stated unequivocally, they are opposing.

  2. Kenneth Knapp says:

    I have not read the Graham-Cassidy Bill so I am not in a position to comment on its pros and cons. Regardless of where I might come out if I were to read the bill, I don’t think it is the Episcopal Church’s place to dictate what my political opinions ought to be.

  3. Dn. Dorothy Royal says:

    I don’t think you all understand about Obama Care. Most people didn’t get to keep their health plan. Didn’t get to keep their doctor. It was shoved down our throats. I had to have the Obama Care that I DIDN’T or pay the fine. I had to pay for the insurance, and pay my doctor bill out of pocket. That’s why I dropped my health insurance in the first place that I had before Obama Care. Then when I turned 65 they didn’t take me off of it (Which I got a call asking me if I still was going to be on it and I told them I wouldn’t need it after June 1st.) but I wasn’t taken off of it, so I got stuck paying some of it back. Now tell me what is so great about keeping it???????? It anything I want my senators to vote for repeal and replace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Doug Thompson says:

    Very disappointing. So why does our church need an Episcopal Public Policy Network? Most of your sample script sounds like it was copied from this week’s DNC talking points, a position which I dare say, a large number (and I will not get into quantifying that) of parishioners are in disagreement. So much for loving your neighbor, or fellow parishioner. No, I do know you love your neighbor, and your fellow parishioners, as do I, …but think twice… before putting out a “call to arms”. We are not unified by our politics, but by our love of Christ and our neighbor…

  5. Connie Smith says:

    While I like being informed on what the church thinks is best for the whole, I’m uncomfortable being told how to engage with our elected officials. Like others, I’ve not read the Graham-Cassidy bill so will not call my Senators with the proposed script, perhaps I have missed an earlier email from you. I wholeheartedly agree we should pray for our political leaders.

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