Senate BCRA Activist Toolkit

Before the August recess, the Senate failed to pass a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. The bill was not a meaningful repeal, but rather a legislative vehicle that would have allowed the House and Senate to go to a conference committee to negotiate a stronger bill — ideally including reforms to let states opt out of Obamacare’s costly regulations. Moderate Republican Senators refused to support that bill despite promises on the campaign trail over the last seven years.

Rather than fighting for their campaign promises, moderate Republicans are now signaling they are ready to work with liberals to bail out the broken law. Conservatives cannot allow this. Even before the vote failed, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) suggested hearings to explore “stabilizing the individual market.”  Continuing illegal bailouts to prop up insurance companies’ losses does nothing to solve the underlying problems of Obamacare and work toward patient-centered affordable health care. We need to apply pressure to your senators to publicly oppose any bail out of Obamacare. 

Any effort at bipartisan stabilization will all but guarantee the status quo of rising premiums and declining choice. Simply throwing more taxpayer dollars at the problem will not solve it.

Congress should oppose any attempt to bail out Obamacare and instead go back to the table and continue to negotiate a bill that actually repeals and replaces Obamacare.

Since the Senate can’t garner enough votes to bring relief to the millions suffering under Obamacare, it’s time Congress subject itself to the full brunt of the law. Back in 2013, the Obama administration’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exempted members of Congress and their staff from the full burden of Obamacare by letting them enroll in the small-business health care exchange and receive taxpayer subsidized plans.

President Trump can unilaterally undo Obama’s unconstitutional exemption, requiring members of Congress to live under the laws they pass. Facing the reality of double digit premium increases, like millions of Americans on the individual market, Congress may feel pressure to come back to the negotiating table and follow through on years of promises to finally repeal Obamacare.

To learn more read the full Sentinel brief available here.

Name Phone Number Twitter
Cotton (R-AR) (202) 224-2353 @SenTomCotton
Cruz (R-TX) (202) 224-5922 @SenTedCruz
Johnson (R-WI) (202) 224-5323 @SenRonJohnson
Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444 @SenMikeLee
Paul (R-KY) (202) 224-4343 @RandPaul
Sasse (R-NE) (202) 224-4224 @SenSasse
Toomey (R-PA) (202) 224-4254 @SenToomey
Barrasso (R-WY) (202) 224-6441 @SenJohnBarrasso
Corker (R-TN) (202) 224-3344 @SenBobCorker
Fischer (R-NE) (202) 224-6551 @SenatorFischer
Flake (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521 @JeffFlake
Hatch (R-UT) (202) 224-5251 @senorrinhatch
Wicker (R-MS) (202) 224-6253 @SenatorWicker
Capito (R-WV) (202) 224-6472 @SenCapito
Heller (R-NV) (202) 224-6244 @SenDeanHeller
Gardner (R-CO) (202) 224-5941 @SenCoryGardner
Murkowski (R-AK) (202) 224-6665 @lisamurkowski
Portman (R-OH) (202) 224-3353 @senrobportman
Sullivan (R-AK) (202) 224-3004 @SenDanSullivan
Boozman (R-AR) (202) 224-4843 @JohnBoozman
Cassidy (R-LA) (202) 224-5824 @BillCassidy
Daines (R-MT) (202) 224-2651 @SteveDaines
Hoeven (R-ND) (202) 224-2551 @SenJohnHoeven
Kennedy (R-LA) (202) 224-4623 @SenJohnKennedy
McCain (R-AZ) (202) 224-2235 @SenJohnMcCain
McConnell (R-KY) (202) 224-2541 @SenateMajLdr
Alexander (R-TN) (202) 224-4944 @SenAlexander
Young (R-IN) (202) 224-5623 @SenToddYoung
Burr (R-NC) (202) 224-3154 @SenatorBurr
Tillis (R-NC) (202) 224-6342 @SenThomTillis

(Make sure to insert the twitter handle of your Senator)

Click to tweet: President Trump is right – Congress should live under the laws they pass. #NoExemptions #NoBailouts

Click to tweet: @MEMBER bailouts are not the next step, keep your promise to repeal and replace #Obamacare.

Click to tweet: Congress shouldn’t get special treatment and avoid the impact of #Obamacare. #NoExemptions

Click to tweet: Congress should live under the same laws it imposes on the American people. End the illegal #Obamacare exemption

Click to tweet: @MEMBER, propping up Obamacare betrays years of promises to the American people, don’t support bailouts.

Click to tweet: When Congress says “stabilizing the market,” they mean propping up Obamacare’s failures #NoBailouts

Click to tweet: GOP broke 7 years of promises. The solution is not to bailout a failed law. #NoBailout

These are notes to use when calling your member of Congress. You can find their phone number on the Heritage Action Dashboard.

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [STATE].

Republicans campaigned for seven years to repeal and replace Obamacare. After the Senate failed to move the process to repeal this law forward,[Member/Senator] should not support any effort to put Obamacare on life support by bailing out insurance companies.

Obamacare continues to drive up premiums and decrease choice. Propping up a fundamentally unworkable law with even more taxpayer money and regulations will not provide Americans with relief.

President Trump is right to say that both insurers and Members of Congress shouldn’t be shielded from Obamacare’s failures.Please tell the [Member/Senator] to keep the promise you made over the past few years to repeal Obamacare and enact free-market reforms, not prop up the law through taxpayer bailouts.

Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize it. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.

LTE: Senator X – Bailing out Obamacare is not the solution

Before the August recess the Senate failed to follow through on years of campaign promises to to repeal and replace Obamacare. The GOP’s failure to provide relief for the American people suffering from rising premiums and the collapsing health care exchanges is no excuse to walk away from the negotiating table and bail out Obamacare.

Moderate Republican Senators want to begin bipartisan hearings to “stabilize the individual market.”  Working with liberals to throw more money at a broken law and perpetuate big government health care policy is an unacceptable betrayal of the American people.

SENATOR X, continuing these illegal bailouts to prop up insurance companies’ losses does nothing to solve the underlying problems of Obamacare and work toward free-market, patient-centered health care.

STATE has been waiting for Obamacare repeal for seven years. If SENATOR X wants to put failed law on life support, then President Trump is right to say Congress should live under the laws it passes. Ending the congressional exemption from Obamacare, which would ensure members and their staff know the full brunt of this laws consequences, should bring members back to table to finally repeal this law.

SENATOR X, it’s up to you to oppose any bailouts of Obamacare and instead support repealing it’s taxes, rolling back the Medicaid expansion and empowering states through deregulation. You promised a repeal, not a bailout, and it’s time to get it done.