Amplify Calls to Action

Oppose cuts to Medicaid in any bill that comes out of the Senate

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Hi, my name is _____. My zip code is _____.

I’m gravely concerned that our lawmakers continue to try to revive the unworkable senate health bill. I am against any attempt to repeal the ACA while only offering alternatives that will gut Medicaid, an efficient and cost-effective program that provides coverage for 74 million Americans at costs cheaper than employer insurance. [Your personal Medicaid story here, if you have one.]

Any honest effort by Congress for health insurance will be looking at expanding or improving Medicaid, not cutting it by more than a third so we can give health insurance companies tax breaks to pay their CEOs. I will be telling all my friends and family that he wants to/or is considering cutting Medicaid and kill thousands of our fellow citizens so wealthy people can pay lower taxes.

BACKGROUND

Late on the night of July 19, an emergency meeting was held to revive the senate health bill. Mitch McConnell plans to vote on a revised version next week! Again, the revised version will surely devastate Medicaid.

A brief from a 2013 report on Medicaid run by the (non-partisan) Kaiser Family Foundation showed Medicaid to be as effective as employer-based insurance. Predictably, moving uninsured low income patients to Medicaid increased their access to and use of all health services measured, including primary and specialist
care, hospital stays and prescription drugs with little to no difference in access and use between people on Medicaid and people who have Employer-sponsored insurance across all types of health care.

The Kaiser analysis also shows that the total level of health spending (across insurer provided
and patient out-of-pocket costs) is lower among those insured by Medicaid than those on employer-sponsored insurance by 22 percent annually (about $1,700 per patient in 2013 dollars) across all domains of health services (primary care, specialist care, emergency care,
hospitalizations) other than prescription drugs.

Medicaid is imperfect. It should reimburse some doctors at higher rates and build more robust
specialist networks. But the Affordable Care Act did raise the primary care rates to
Medicare levels for several years. A Republican-led Congress did not agree to extend those raised rates when they ran out. Also keep in mind that employer insurance often has similar problems building specialist networks in rural and other underserved areas. Cutting funding for a robust public option by $839 billion over the next decade does not help.

Courtesy of Patrick O’Mahen, PhD.

 

Condemn continued efforts to violate the rights of transgender Texans

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
> Hi. My name is _____, and my zip code is _____.

> I am calling to ask Representative/Senator _____ to protect and defend the health and wellbeing of transgender youth by voting against any bill that discriminates against them. It appears Senator Kolkhorst is trying to inconspicuously sneak SB3 and SB91 past us. I urge you to vote NO on these bigoted bills. There is no evidence that transgender men and women harm women and children when allowed to use the restrooms congruent with their gender identities. Forcibly outing them results in profound psychological, emotional, and physical harm. I am also concerned that given what happened in North Carolina, such legislation threatens Texas businesses.

BACKGROUND

Special Session

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/06/heres-all-20-items-gov-greg-abbott-wants-lawmakers-address-special-ses/

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/26/texas-house-declines-negotiate-senate-its-proposed-bathroom-compromise/

 

Condemn disingenuous attempts to penalize ‘voter fraud’

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

> Hi. My name is ____. My zip code is ____. I am concerned about the lawmakers in the state of Texas disingenuously talking about voter fraud. They offer no proof of any breach in our electoral system. This is an attempt by the state to suppress votes. Increasing “penalties” for a non-existent crime is frivolous and serves only to deter eligible voters from exercising their constitutional rights by promoting confusion and a culture of fear. The legislature should be cooperating with local election entities to collect data before crafting penalties.

BACKGROUND

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/07/18/gov-abbotts-special-legislative-session-starts-today-expect

 

Support special needs children in Texas

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

> Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am calling to ask that you vote against legislation that misleadingly offers private school choice to special education students. This will surely undermine a public school system that most equitably serves all our kids and is already being under-funded. Private schools are not obligated to comply with the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) and are not held accountable.”

BACKGROUND

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/07/18/gov-abbotts-special-legislative-session-starts-today-expect

 

Condemn denying women autonomy under the guise of public health

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

> Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.

> I’m calling to urge Senator / Representative ____ to stand up for the health and wellbeing of all Texan women by voting against any bills that expressly or effectively regulate their bodies, especially the former SB 872. This bill selectively targets complications of abortions as reportable to a state agency for WHAT purpose? Many medical procedures result in complications that do not get reported specifically to the state of Texas. This is clearly politically motivated. Shame.

BACKGROUND

Abortion complications are already reported. They occur very rarely (0.96% in TX in 2014*). Current Texas regulations, unfortunately, make it more likely that women will present for abortion services at a later gestational age when the risk of complications, though still slight, is higher. Hence Texas is missing an opportunity to PREVENT complications by lifting Texas’s excessive and non-evidence-based regulations, instead of adding duplicative and onerous reporting requirements.

*https://www.dshs.texas.gov/chs/vstat/vs14/t33.aspx

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/SB00872I.htm

 

Condemn denying women autonomy by making abortion economically inaccessible

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

> Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.

> I’m calling to urge Senator / Representative ____ to stand up for the health and wellbeing of all Texan women by voting against any bills that expressly or effectively regulate their bodies, especially the former SB 20 / HB 1113. Specifically, after Governor Abbott already signed into law SB8, an omnibus abortion bill, our state officials are trying to deny women healthcare coverage for abortions with no exclusion for cases of rape or incest.

BACKGROUND

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/HB01113I.htm

 

Condemn further state sponsored violations of women’s bodies

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Find my representative:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

> Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.

I’m calling to urge Senator / Representative ____ to stand up for the health and wellbeing of all Texan women by voting against any bills that expressly or effectively regulate their bodies, especially the former SB 855 / HB 1936. Specifically, after Governor Abbott already signed into law SB8, an omnibus abortion bill, our state officials are trying to further regulate / violate women’s bodies by controlling funding to health care facilities that support essential women’s health services.

BACKGROUND

CSHB 1936 would limit the ability of cities, counties, and hospital districts to select the best providers to deliver health services even if those
providers did not themselves perform abortions. The bill would require local governmental entities to exclude health care providers with the most
experience providing essential services, such as reproductive health care and cancer screenings. Decisions about contracting with health care
providers should be left to local elected officials, who are accountable to their voters.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/26/abortion-bill-heads-governors-desk/

 

Join the SB4 Lawsuit

Harris County:

* Judge Emmett (713) 274-7000
* Commissioner Morman (713) 755-6220
* Commissioner Radack (713) 755-6306
* Commissioner Cagle (713) 755-6444
* Commissioner Ellis (713) 274-1000

Tarrant County:

* Judge Glen Whitley 817-884-1441
* Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks 817-370-4500
* Commissioner Andy H. Nguyen 817-548-3900
* Commissioner Gary Fickes 817-581-3600
* Commissioner J.D. Johnson 817-238-4400

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> Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____.

> I’m calling to urge Judge / Commissioner ____ for an open vote on joining the SB4 lawsuit. SB4 devastates the families of our immigrant neighbors, friends, and colleagues. It exacerbates racial profiling. It undermines public safety.

# Background

1. SB4 aims to outlaw sanctuary cities, deputizing local (municipal, county, and campus) police to inquire about immigration status and honor federal detainer requests. Local policies that defy SB4 can be punished by fines, criminal offenses, and removal of elected officials from office.

2. The Schaefer Amendment to SB4 allows local police to inquire about immigration status not only in lawful arrest but during detainment. Routine traffic stops and campus investigations can now trigger deportation.

3. SB4 was signed into law in Texas in the 85th state legislative session and takes effect on September 1, 2017.

4. The city of El Cenizo and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Maverick County sued the state of Texas over SB4 after a pre-emptive lawsuit filed by Texas AG, Ken Paxton less than 24 hours after SB4 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, asking a federal court to declare the law constitutional. Austin, San Antonio, El Paso County, Dallas, and Houston have since joined the lawsuit.

5. On June 23, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest on the side of the state of Texas, making SB4 a bellwether for national immigration policy. On June 29, the U.S. House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which moves to the U.S. Senate.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/08/5-things-know-about-sanctuary-cities-law/