There is A LOT happening this week and it can get pretty overwhelming keeping track of it all. Instead of calls to action today, we are going to ask you to pay attention to three key issues that have big votes or movement expected this week. When a specific call to action breaks, we’ll share it here, in our newsletter (have you signed up?) and on our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).
Healthcare. Healthcare. Healthcare.
The House of Representatives is voting on THURSDAY to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), causing 24 million Americans to lose their health care coverage.
North Carolinians are at risk of seeing their average enrollee costs increase by $9,730 and 690,200 people become uninsured by 2026.
Republicans are rushing to pass AHCA (a.k.a. TrumpCare) before the upcoming April recess, ignoring the normal legislative process, because they don’t want to face their constituents. They are attempting to ram through a TrumpCare bill that will cut coverage for millions and raise premiums for millions more. Their proposal simultaneously guts Medicaid and gives a $600 billion tax break to the wealthy and corporations.
If you have not already done so, give last week’s call to action post a read. It contains great information about how many North Carolinians are at risk of losing health care, call scripts and an links to an extensive database put together by Indivisible on Saving the ACA.
Neil Gorsuch is a very conservative judge who, at age 49, could influence the Supreme Court for a generation. His confirmation hearing is scheduled for Monday to Thursday this week, and Sen Tillis is on the Judiciary Committee.
Two main issues most progressive organizations have against Gorsuch: the refusal of Republicans to give Merrick Garland a fair hearing a year ago and believe this is a stolen Supreme Court seat by the GOP, and his conservative stance on many important topics facing the nation right now.
Together We Will pulled together this background info on Gorsuch
Non-partisan Alliance for Justice report: http://bit.ly/2nADwKa
NC Policy Watch: http://bit.ly/2noEqsL
People for the American Way: http://bit.ly/2noEx7F
Lambda Legal: http://bit.ly/2jUYMVs
If you are opposed to Gorsuch and want to vocalize your position today, there is a unique opportunity for North Carolinians to speak up as Tillis is a member of the Judiciary Committee.
North Carolina Issues
HB100 Veto: As we shared late last week, Governor Cooper issued his first veto on HB100 (partisan judiciary). There are a handful of Republican reps that might be persuaded to not vote to override the veto, so give them a call early this week.
HB200 Non-partisan redistricting bill: Last week a federal judge ruled that Texas gerrymandered districts were unconstitutional. While this is not the same circuit court as North Carolina, every ruling against gerrymandering is good for North Carolina. In the meantime, there is a bi-partisan bill before the NCGA asking for independent redistricting. Call your rep to ask he or she support the bill or publicly thank those high profile Republicans who support it.
HB2 Repeal: Stay tuned on the drama this week. The Democrats in the NCGA last week offered up several repeal bills, all of which failed. There is more likely to come this week.