It was great to see the huge rallies this weekend all across the country, but there is still a lot of work to do. Continue making calls to your representatives and Senators Burr and Tillis in support of the ACA. For a great checklist and scripts you can use, go to Wall-of-Us

Some great, tangible advice from MoveOn.org on how you can support the Affordable Care Act in light of Republican threats to repeal it:
  1. The pressure is working. Senate Republicans are starting to back away from the plan to repeal now and figure out a replacement later.
  2. The plan to repeal now and replace later is in part about voting. They can defund Obamacare through the budget process with only 50 votes. Repeal and replace at the same time would demand 60 (8 Dems would have to vote for it).
  3. Calls really do work. Call your senators, but not just Republicans. Calling Democrats is important too, as it can influence conversations on the Hill – ie, Wow, I cannot believe how many calls I’m getting, the Caucus should take bolder action, put forth this narrative.
  4. Stories. Stories. Stories. Facts don’t beat ideology. Stories do. Tell your story. If you know someone else with a story, help them tell it. How do you rely on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Obamacare? What would it look like if that was gone or dramatically curtailed? Progressive groups will help amplify these stories and Congress is actively asking for more. Email stories to keith@boldprogressives.org. Also, schedule meetings with your representatives and ask for a personal meeting with a staffer or the Representative / Senator. Make them look you in the eye when you tell your story.
  5. Stories can also be shared with your local paper in letters to the editor.
  6. Efforts to fight against the Republicans’ plan to defund Planned Parenthood can also be beat back with stories. 2.5 million women rely on Planned Parenthood for healthcare. What does PP mean to you? To someone you know?
  7. Tell your story when you call your Senators or Representative. If the legislation would impact your life, tell them.
  8. If everyone got one friend who previously was not really political activated, it would be a game changer.
  9. Call both the DC office and local offices when calling your Reps and Senators.
  10. Set up phonebanks at universities and hospitals: Have scripts and phone numbers and help people make calls. Hospitals are telling workers about likely layoffs if Obamacare is repealed.
There is a lot you can do. Get engaged and bring a friend!