Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and HCAN Education Fund (HCANEF) partners across the country mobilized impacted people, organized activities and events and generated earned media coverage that continued to demonstrate public to Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. State grassroots advocates generated pressure leading up to the vote and organized accountability public education activities immediately following to help impacted people understand the impact of the vote and which Members of Congress supported the legislation. Below are some highlights from HCAN state partner activity.
ACO along with 50 people at French Hill’s office in Little Rock following the House vote on ACHA and in preparation for the coming Senate debate. The event was organized over the weekend. There was a rally the office and letter delivery.
The fantastic work of Health Access CA and their allies was featured at the end of April on the Rachel Maddow Show. See the great clip below.
On May 5th, Organize Florida mobilized 23 supporters to an action outside of Rep. Dennis Ross’ office after he voted in favor of the AHCA bill in Congress. Five ACA and Medicaid supporters shared their stories with the gathered crowd and each participant wrote a letter to Rep. Ross on an “in memoriam” postcard.
- Protest Against Trumpcare at Dennis Ross’ Lakeland Office
- Local representatives offer contrasting views of Trump’s American Health Care Act: Ross crucial to bill’s passage; Soto calls it ‘terrible
- Organize Florida also helped generate this great op-ed in the Tampa Bay paper
Citizen Action of IL continues their great work to hold Rep. Roskam and Republicans around the state accountable for betraying constituents on healthcare. Below are clips from actions in late April and the first half of may, including a protest at the Arrowhead Gold Club and three LTEs generated from local leaders over the last week.
- Locals ask Congressman Mike Bost to sign pledge to protect health care
- Day of action rallies across Illinois to keep the ACA in place
- Sweet: Roskam Trumpcare Cranking Up Democrats in GOP turf
- Concerned about voting record in Congress
- Trumpcare bill is a travesty
- WGN-TV: Protesters Target Local GOP after health care bill passes House
- ABC 7: GOP health care plan passes House moves to Senate
- WBBM AM news radio: Protest Slams Roskam
- Hultgren, Roskam join majority In Obamacare repeal in US House
- Roskam defends vote on health care bill
- Member LTE
- Another LTE
- Facebook post from a local CA/IL leader
Citizen Action of IL and allies also organized a Mother’s Day themed event in Roskam’s district that got good television coverage:
MAIN STREET ALLIANCE
MSA was quoted in this NYTimes piece below providing a counter-point of view to the NFIB, the corporate business group that often poses as a small business association:
A Main Street Alliance member was also quoted in this Iowa piece:
Michigan People’s Campaign has continued their accountability actions in various districts particularly on Congressman Upton’s district in an action the week after the AHCA vote in St. Joseph (Upton’s hometown). Over 400 people attended. The event included featured a march and protest outside Upton’s office. Video of the events here: https://www.facebook.com/MichiganPeopleCmpg/videos/1395894357164178/
- WNDU (tv): Hundreds Protest Rep. Upton’s Support of new health care bill
- Herald Palladium (St. Joseph and Benton Harbor’s newspaper): Part of Being Human
Quote from Michigan People’s Campaign leader:
“Health care is a big deal. We’re human beings. Things go wrong with our bodies. that’s part of being human,” Domonique “Diamond” Ray of Kalamazoo said. Ray said she is a single-mother of five and has overcome problems like chronic homelessness, poverty, and not being able to find a job.
“I have a single income, but single income or not my kids needs to be healthy, and so do I. How can I be a productive member of society if I’m not healthy?” she said. Ray said she supports the Affordable Care Act because of the things it covers when you’re physically ill, but mentally too.
“While experiencing this poverty, struggling and homelessness, my kids experienced other things. They saw me struggle. They saw me deal with abusive men. They saw me deal with real things that happen to real people in life,” she said. “How do we deal with that? Some of us go to therapists. Some of us take medication for PTSD. Some of us deal with bipolorism. Whatever it might be. Our mental health care is just as important as our physical.”
Michigan People’s Campaign also did some events outside of Congressman Walberg’s office the week following the AHCA vote that generated this coverage below:
- MLive: ‘Last term Tim’ changed by angry health care protesters at congressman’s office
- WILX (tv): Protesters March on Walberg’s office, frustrated over health care bill
- WLNS (tv): Dozens rally against Congressman Walberg’s health care vote: ‘I hope that he will start to listen to us’
- Later in the same week, a smaller group that included more Michigan People’s Campaign members disrupted one of Walberg’s town halls
- WLNS (tv): Congressman Walberg holds tense town hall meeting
- WTVB, WKZO, and WIN (piece ran on all these radio stations): Protesters disrupt Walberg’s Town Hall Thursday
- MLive: Chants Interrupt heated town hall hosted by Congressman
- Detroit Metro Times: U.S. Rep Tim Walberg’s town hall meeting was in a hot mess
- Breitbart: Leftists Disrupt GOP Lawmaker’s Town Hall Over Health care Bill—‘people will die’
PICO Affiliate ISAIAH and partners have continued to put pressure on Congressmen Paulsen, Emmer and Lewis, who all voted in support of the AHCA bill that would hurt their own constituents. ISAIAH health care rapid response team member Rev Kisten Thompson is quoted in this article.
Take Action MN held a protest outside a Chamber of Commerce breakfast where Rep. Erik Paulsen was scheduled to speak. We had a solid crowd of about 30-40 people despite a steady, driving rain, and got an excellent story in the local weekly paper:
Following the vote, ISAIAH congregations also did this great accountability event targeting Rep. Paulsen:
Jobs with Justice, PPFA, Healthcare for All and their allies rallied outside Senator Blunt’s office after the AHCA vote along with 200 attendees.
JwJ and allies also organized a “die-in” at Sam Graves office in KC the same week, marching around the building and pausing for a moment of silence for 217 seconds for each Congressmembers who voted for the AHCA. Representatives from Indivisible, Stand Ip KC, Northland Progress, Clay County Democrats, and Missouri Jobs with Justice read aloud key ways people will be hurt by the AHCA. In addition, stories of impacted people from a STL action were included in this clip:
In Columbia, this NPR Story also highlights survivors:
HCAN partners Missouri Faith Voices generated some great activity and coverage in outstate MO targeting Rep. Long’s home district.
In this clip Faith Voices pastors Rev. Phil Snider Brentwood Christian Church and Fr. Kenneth Chumbley Christ Episcopal Church are interviewed. Deena Knight, an activist with a story, was also interviewed.
NH Rights & Democracy staff and member activists organized a successful die-in was staged at the State House to welcome Tom Price to the Granite State and also continue to put pressure on his host, Governor Sununu to publicly reject repeal and cuts to Medicaid.
- HHS Secretary Tom Price Holds Opioid Listening session and draws protesters
- Protesters greet HHS Secretary Tom Price as he denies cut in drug fight money
- Sununu has severe reservations but says house passage of health care repeal a huge win
New Jersey Citizen Action was stayed hard at work generating activity in districts of Republican members of their delegation, particularly MacArthur and Frelinghuysen, who took leadership roles in brokering a deal. Clip from the Burlington local paper: https://njcitizenaction.org/?page_id=2472 and more media below;
- Congressional Republicans Push forward with new healthcare care bill
- Anti-AHCA Protesters Rally as Frelinghuysen Casts Yes Vote
- New Jersey Citizen Action Buzzes MacArthur’s District
- New Jersey Citizen Action’s Executive Director penned this fantastic op-ed holding Congressman MacArthur accountable for his work on ACA Repeal
In addition to the great work from NJCA above, an allied group, New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP) organized members to attend the MacArthur Town Hall in early may and got great press on one of their member stories that forced a reaction from Representative MacArthur. See press on Joanna’s story below:
- GOP Representative faces constituents angry over Russia and health care
- WSJ: Angry Voters Confront Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey
- CNN: MacArthur defends his linchpin health care amendment to raucous crowd
CANY and partners have keep the pressure on moderate Republicans over the course of several months, focusing in a number of districts with escalating actions and using earned media to educate the public about the devastating impact of repeal and Medicaid restructuring .
- Healthcare Pulse: Trump’s threats keep NY insurers in limbo
- Faso defends Medicaid reform amendment
- Consumer, worker advocates say Trump’s renewed health effort is bad for N.Y.
- Faso on health care reform, Syria, North Korea
CANY and their health care allies organized public events in reaction to the votes of Republican Members of their delegation, See below for the district-by-district press coverage.
- New York Leaders React in Dismay to ACA Repeal
- House Approves American Health Care Act
- Experts Break Down Proposed Health Care Bill in Resident Town Hall
Coverage from CANY’s Plattsburgh May 8 protest at Stefanik’s so-called Town Hall which was not open to all her constitutents.
- Stefanik Met By Health Care Protests in Plattsburgh
- Protestors for and against show up for Rep. Stefanik
- Stefanik faces protests over republican health care bill
- At Town Hall Meeting Republican Lawmaker gets an earful
- Protestors rally ahead of Stefanik Town Hall Meeting
- Stefanick votes in support of health care bill
Protesters Vow Voter Retribution for Stefanik on Health Care
- UPDATE: Republican healthcare bill passes, Stefanik votes yes
- Democratic challenger for NY-21 attacks Stefanik for supporting American Health Care Act; Gillibrand says Senate must defeat bill
- Protesters Denounce Faso’s Vote for GOP health care bill
- Rep Faso votes for GOP health care bill and takes some heat for it
- GOP health bill: strong words from both sides of the local aisle
May 9 Albany
May 11 Schoharie
May 12 Amenia
- Demonstrators protest Faso’s visit to HRHCare center in Amenia
- ‘Die-in’ Planned As Protest To Faso Visit In Ameni
CANY also organized a number of “Mother’s Day” events designed to highlight the disproportionate impact of the repeal proposals on women and mothers of all ages. CANY organized these actions in the same key targeted districts listed above.
Glens Falls May 11
“March for Moms! Tell Elise Stefanik- Mothers Need Healthcare!” action—report starts at 1 minute, 32 seconds (through 2 minutes 32 seconds)
Action NC and Indivisible teamed in early May for a demonstration at Tillis’ office. There were 3 health care speakers–one on problems with AHCA and Republican death panels, another on impact of Medicaid restructuring, and a member who described her experience of falling into the Medicaid gap while in need of life-saving surgery. See the photo below (right).
In addition, Action NC generated these two LTEs published last week in the Charlotte Observer.
Unite Oregon turned out members for the latest town hall meeting held by Rep. Walden to ask questions about why Walden supported a bill that hurts constituents.
RADVT & allies staged a Die-in following the AHCA vote and to greet Sec. Price when he stopped in NH during his “listening tour” on the opioid epidemic and to continue to put pressure on his host, Gov Sununu.
- HHS Secretary Tom Price Holds Opioid Listening Session and Draws Protesters
- Protesters greet HHS Secretary Tom Price as he denies cut in drug fight money
- Sununu has severe reservations but says house passage of healthcare repeal is a huge win
West Virginia Citizen Action Group and their allies did an action at the state capitol following the AHCA vote that got national attention after a reporter was arrested for asking questions about the repeal bill. The event got a response from both the state’s US Senators.
- At WV State Capitol, Questions Land a Reporter in Jail
- AHCA Causes Stir at WV Capitol; Manchin, Capitol Weigh In
WVCAG and partners subsequently organized a Mother’s Day event that called on Senator Capito to defend health care for families. See the video, including powerful stories.
WV Public Radio on-air discussion on what the ACHA means for WV co-hosted by long-time coalition member and WVCAG ally Rick Wilson from AFSC Economic Justice Project.
Wisconsin Citizen Action has worked with allies over the past two months on a range of activity targeting Speaker Ryan, Senator Ron Johnson and Rep. Duffy’s AHCA vote.
NATIONAL HCAN CLIPS & MENTIONS
- Club for Growth Hits Airwaves to Make a Bad Health Care Bill Worse
- Democracy Now
- HCAN mention here in clip below from the Atlantic.
- Another quote here in Variety, in response to Jimmy Kimmel’s moving story