The House vote today on the ACA was a blow — but the bill still has to pass the Senate. We also have to make sure those who voted “yes” feel the blowback from us on their disastrous decision for American healthcare. Here are the next steps forward:
1. Contact Senator Kaine and let him know that we are vehemently opposed to the ACA repeal.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I cannot overstate the importance of your vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The unconscionable vote of the House has endangered the well being and lives of millions of Americans. Please publicly commit to vote down the GOP’s AHCA, and then do so. Thank you.”
2. Contact Senator Warner and thank him for taking a firm public stance against the repeal of the ACA. In his statement yesterday, he said, “This was a bad bill a month ago, and it’s a worse bill now. I will fight tooth and nail to keep it from passing the Senate.”
- Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I I am contacting Senator Warner to thank him for taking a firm public stance against the repeal of the ACA. His public commitment to fight “tooth and nail” to protect our healthcare is very much appreciated. Thank you.”
3. Goodlatte has said that he is willing to meet with individual constituents, or small groups, instead of in person town halls. Seeing as how we are just starting an 11 day congressional recess, now is the perfect time to request a personal meeting. His meeting request form is here. We suggest that you request the meeting to discuss his vote on the ACA repeal, and worries that you have moving forwards, and ask it be scheduled during the next 11 days, so it is during the recess when he is supposed to be meeting with his district constituents.
4. Contact Goodlatte and express your displeasure regarding his vote to repeal the ACA.
- Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I am contacting Representative Goodlatte to express my outrage and horror at his voting to repeal the ACA. He has just endangered the health and lives of millions of Virginians and Americans. I cannot adequately express how strongly I disapprove of this vote. Please convey to the congressman how appalled I am. Thank you.”