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That’s David Cay Johnston, who’s covered Trump for more than 20 years and teaches tax law at Syracuse. This is gonna be good!

Okay, time to make some calls

TEA Party Rally

Call the Capitol Hill switchboard @ (202) 224-3121 and ask for your congressperson. When they answer, say:

“I am calling because I want you to hold public town halls on repealing the ACA, just like you did for the people who opposed it. There should be no final votes on this until the public has had their say. There was no mandate to repeal this.

“Are you willing to hold a town hall?”

Then call your senators — also through (202) 224-3121 — and say the same thing.

Remember, the airwaves were dominated for an entire summer by the Tea Party idiots who screamed out and threatened their congress critters at public town halls. Now it’s our turn to stand up for the ACA.

Federal offices are closed today

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But you might be able to leave a voice mail if you call your congress member or senator. If not, we need you to call 202-224-3121 tomorrow and DEMAND they hold town hall meetings about the ACA repeal before the final vote.

Here’s what they’re doing Friday:

WASHINGTON — The House is expected to give final approval on Friday to a measure that would allow Republicans to speedily gut the Affordable Care Act with no threat of a Senate filibuster, a move that would thrust the question of what health law would come next front and center even before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office.

The House vote would come after the Senate narrowly approved the same measure, a budget blueprint, early Thursday morning. Americans woke up Thursday to the realization that a Republican Congress was serious about repealing President Obama’s signature domestic achievement — a move that could leave 20 million Americans unsure of their health coverage and millions more wondering if protections offered by the Affordable Care Act could soon be taken away.

“This is a critical step forward, the first step toward bringing relief from this failed law,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said.

Democrats said the rush to repeal was the height of legislative irresponsibility and would endanger the health of millions.

“For the life of me, I can’t understand the need to take health care away from people, and why in the world anybody would even contemplate doing that without something to replace it,” said Representative Louise M. Slaughter of New York. “Just snatching it out from under them and it’s gone. I think that there’s going to be a mighty rumble in this country, an outburst of anger and fear.”

Pep talk

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Have a nice weekend, relax, but come back on Monday ready to fight. Prepare to call every Republican representative you have who voted to take the first step to repeal Obamacare. (Did I mention there’s also the possibility of Medicare and Social Security cuts in there? Republicans refused to vote for an amendment that would protect them.)

Hill staffers say the phones are ringing off the hooks, and they’re a little cranky about all the people yelling at them. KEEP IT UP.

Your GOP senator voted to kill us last night

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In a first step toward repealing Obamacare, they voted to remove the preexisting condition protections and the individual mandate, thus making insurance out of reach for the people who need it most.

So call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your GOP senator. Say: “Why did you vote to kill me last night?” That’s it. Let the person who answers the phone explain why their millionaire boss voted to kill you.

Or you may be shunted to voicemail. Same thing: “Why did you vote to kill me last night?” Maybe a little louder this time.

Depression makes it hard for people to do things. I get it. I’m depressed, too. But I’ve already made three calls this morning. Get moving!

Your morning pep rally

Call your reps today, tell them you are opposed to the cuts in Social Security. Or that you don’t want warmonger John Bolton anywhere near the State Department. Or that you want an investigation into the Russian election hacking! Pick one!

Don’t get overwhelmed by all the crap flying through the air, because the bad guys count on your inertia. Just pick one topic. Send an email, write a letter, make a call.

What to do

Trump Taps Rep. Tom Price For Health And Human Services Secretary
HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price plans to repeal Obamacare, privatize Medicare, and cut Medicaid funding.

“What can we do?” people keep asking me. “What can we do to stop Donald Trump?” So many tell me they feel too frozen to do anything to save our democracy.

There is a solution, and it’s not what you think. It’s this: Stop making it about Donald Trump. Shift your focus to the issues — and American values, which are worth fighting for. Call your elected officials and express your opinion. Put their numbers in your phone, and use them.

Do you want to keep Obamacare, Medicare, and Social Security? Do you want Congress to address climate change? You have to remind the people who will be voting for or against any legislation.

No one else is coming to your rescue. If you are constrained from speaking, give money to organizations who will speak on your behalf. (Remember when Ben Franklin said, “A republic, if you can keep it”?) If the only voices your elected official hears are from the opposition, they will vote accordingly. I can’t stress this enough.

  • Are you horrified at the Trump nominations to cabinet positions? Call your elected officials and ask if they’re going to support them. Make it clear you do not support his choices, and say why.
  • It’s better to call the satellite offices than their D.C. locations. They pay more attention to local calls.
  • It’s even better if you write a letter or postcard. (Email petitions and email forms on their websites are almost worthless. Same with tweets, or Facebook comments. Sorry!)
  • One group, called “We’re His Problem Now,” offers a simple call guide. And here’s an action guide someone else put together.

    People say to me, “What’s the point? My senator’s a conservative Republican.” Don’t give up. The Republican leadership asks them how many calls or letters they got against an issue. Yours will help.

    Some people are reluctant to take part for personal reasons — undocumented status, for example. Certainly, no one expects you to take undue risk. But for those of you who are uncomfortable with calling because you’re shy, or you’ve never done it before, get over your discomfort. Your country needs you.

    Remember: Elected officials work for us. There’s nothing unreasonable about telling them what you want them to do.

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