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Domestic Weekly Update March 16, 2010
New and Urgent in This Week’s Update
It All Comes Down to This Week! Call Congress and Tell Them to Pass Health Reform!
It has all led down to this. After weeks, months, and years of planning, writing, calling, lobbying and all other manners of advocacy, the biggest step forward on our campaign for Health Care for All is likely this week. The White House, the House, and the Senate have all indicated that a vote on passage of the final health reform bill could come any time between March 17 and 20. The key vote will come first — the House vote on the Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Since the Senate bill is the foundation of reform (the reconciliation bill that will be passed after it only amends the Senate bill), failure to pass it will doom reform for this year and possibly years to come. As of right now, the vote is too close to call.
This is THE time to act! House and Senate members must hear from us. With millions being spent to oppose reform, it is going to take a huge groundswell of grassroots support to push reform over the finish line. That means contacting members of Congress all week (and more than once) telling them to pass health reform. In addition, contact everyone you know and urge them to call as well (see below).
We’ve worked too hard for this moment. It’s now up to us. Let’s finish the job!
TAKE ACTION: Call representatives and senators toll-free at (888) 797-8717 TODAY and tell them to pass comprehensive, meaningful health reform! Start with House members, as they will be voting first. When calling the House, simply say:
When calling the Senate, say:
You can use our on-line Call-in Alert for your calls. Remember, because Congress is expected to be flooded with calls this week, you may not get through on the first try. Keep trying. You can also call members’ of Congress local offices and give them your message. See our Elected Officials page to find contact information for their state and district offices.
If you cannot call, please send an e-mail in support of reform (but remember that calls carry more weight than e-mails).
Ask Everyone You Know to Call Congress in Support of Reform
This week is all about votes. The policy aspects of reform are essentially done (if they are not, we will let you know). To ensure members of Congress vote the right way, not only do we need to make calls ourselves, we must convincing others to call as well. Please activate the grassroots networks you developed last fall and urge them to call Congress now! Also, encourage family, friends, work colleagues, including your contacts on Facebook and Twitter, and urge them to call. Reach out personally to as many people as you can. Be sure to have contact information for members of Congress readily available.
In your conversations, if you are asked what reform will actually do, use these talking points from our March Action Sheet to tell people that reform will:
Also, thanks to Linda Walling of Faithful Reform in Health Care for helping inspire us to finish health reform on last Saturday’s conference call. She shared great information about the current status of reform and why it is so important to pass it now. To learn more, listen to the conference call on the RESULTS website or download the podcast from iTunes (search RESULTS Musings at the iTunes Store). Also, learn more about RESULTS’ priorities for health reform in our Health Reform Summary Chart.
International Conference Registration Online This Week. The registration form for the RESULTS 2010 International Conference (June 20–22 in Washington, DC) will be online later this week. Please visit our RESULTS International Conference and register to join us in DC in June!
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March 29–April 12: Congressional Spring Recess.
April 10: RESULTS national conference call 12:30 pm ET.
April–May: New Activist Orientation. Four sessions: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17. Call (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Contact Lisa Marchal to sign up and for more information.
June 20–22: RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund International Conference, Washington Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC.
RESULTS Contact Information
Main Office: (p) (202) 783-7100, (f) (202) 783-2818, 750 First Street NE, Suite 1040, Washington DC 20002.
The RESULTS Domestic Update is sent out every Tuesday over e-mail to RESULTS volunteers and allies all over the country. The purpose of these updates is to inform and activate RESULTS activists to take action on our domestic campaigns. A special welcome to those new to RESULTS who heard about us through our board member Marianne Williamson!
Please note that because of the importance of passing health reform in RESULTS’ legislative agenda, we focused our actions and information this week exclusively on that issue, which explains the abbreviated Weekly Update. We will return to our normal Weekly Update format next week.