C2A: Die-in for what you believe in
Together we can raise awareness of the costs the uninsured and underinsured face. On March 13 the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the estimated effect of the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as Trumpcare. The office predicts that under the new legislation 14 million more people will be uninsured in 2018 and 24 million by 2026. If passed the legislation will reduce the federal deficit, but at what cost?
Together We Will Cincinnati / Southwest Ohio members Tonya Cook and Catherine Meguire are planning a die-in event in Cincinnati on March 22. Meguire is especially angry about the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She shared, “I am just a 61 year-old woman who can’t find a full-time job with health insurance. I am now, gratefully, on Medicaid, and only recently have been able to receive health care, after several years without it. So you see, I have ‘skin in the game’ and take the GOP’s schemes very personally.”
Stage a die-in: Organize an anti-Trumpcare die-in in your community to protest the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which will gut Medicaid, Medicare, and Planned Parenthood. Come together and make a statement that cannot be ignored! Together, we can organize die-ins throughout the country.
When the idea first struck Meguire she envisioned a crowd of people massing on the street, lying down on the pavement with signs saying, WAITING TO DIE. She hopes that other groups will act quickly as she and many others who will be affected feel the urgency to raise awareness to help save Obamacare.
Tips for organizing
- Plan a good time and place for high visibility
- Set up a Facebook event page and add several people as hosts; this will enable a wider audience for sharing the event details
- Seek out partnerships with other groups like Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter
- Be sure to alert the media about two days prior to the event
- Have a time / signal when your group is set to drop dead
- Bring signs to act as your obituary or tombstone; be creative and conceal them in a shopping bag or jacket
- Do not gather in a crowd or draw unwanted attention before the designated time
- If using private property, realize that you may be asked to leave quickly
- Leave peacefully but encourage participants to stay as long as possible, for instance, make law enforcement ask each person to leave individually
- Take photos and share on social media at #TWWUSA and #Trumpcare
Know the facts
- The American Health Care Act allows insurers to charge elderly customers up to 5 times more than what they charge younger customers instead of the current cap of 3 times.
- Planned Parenthood faces a funding freeze, effectively defunding the organization, based on the fact that they provide abortion services at their clinics, which is only a very small portion of the women’s health services they provide.
- Compare the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act and see who loses.
- Read how the changes to Medicaid will punish the working poor.
ACTION: Call Your Member of Congress
Pressure your congresspersons to reject the proposed legislation.
Sample script: “Hello, My name is (name); I live in (city) and my zip code is (zip code). I am opposed to the American Health Care Act and any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This legislation will leave approximately 14 million people uninsured next year and 24 million uninsured in 10 years. I want my representative to vote NO on the proposed legislation. I support fixing the Affordable Care Act.”
Remember, you don’t have to just stick to the script. In fact, it is better to make your calls personal. Tell your representative what the costs of repeal will be for so many Americans–physically, mentally and financially.
**Get contact information for your congresspersons by texting your zip code to (520) 200-8660 OR download the 5 Calls app — a great tool to help you make calls to your representatives every day!**