It's called the "Better Care Act," but for the 400,000 Arizonans who will lose their health insurance, that's hardly the case. Indivisible Southern Arizona gathered outside Senator McCain's office on Wednesday, June 28 urging him to vote NO on the Senate's proposed Obamacare replacement bill.
It's called the "Better Care Act," but for the 400,000 Arizonans who will lose their health insurance, that's hardly the case.
The Senate's proposed Obamacare replacement bill will increase deductibles, deny coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, and leave 22 million Americans without health insurance by 2026, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Senator John McCain hasn't said whether he'll support the bill, so Indivisible Southern Arizona will rally outside his Tucson office Wednesday morning with some helpful advice: Vote no, and save our healthcare.
The group will line the sidewalk on Broadway Blvd. with "coverage" umbrellas from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. A similar rally was held last week at Senator Flake's office.
"This bill would be devastating for all Arizonans—especially those who rely on essential Medicaid services," said Kristen Randall, the lead organizer for Indivisible Southern Arizona. "Senator McCain must stand up and protect Americans from this deeply flawed legislation."
Arizona governor Doug Ducey is among those warning Senator McCain the Better Care Act falls far short of properly protecting Arizona Medicaid recipients. Should the legislation pass, the state is projected to lose at least $7.1 billion in federal Medicaid funding through 2026.
Indivisible Southern Arizona consists of about 3,000 citizens from Arizona congressional districts 1, 2 and 3 who are committed to resisting the radical portions of President Donald Trump's agenda. The grassroots organization is part of a larger Indivisible movement comprised of almost 6,000 similar groups throughout the country.
Cover us, Senator McCain!
Wednesday, June 28, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
407 W. Congress St.
Indivisible Southern Arizona rallied outside Senator Jeff Flake's Tucson office on June 20, 2017, demanding he ensure Arizonans remain covered under any changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Keep US Covered Rally Demands NO Repeal of Obamacare
Tuesday, June 20th, 7:30-9:00 a.m., 6840 N. Oracle
23 million people, including almost half a million Arizonans, will lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Tens of millions more, including families with young children, will have to go without basic necessities or sell homes or cars in order to afford insurance. The bill passed by the House is particularly cruel for older, poorer, and sicker Americans, as it places unaffordable penalties on those in high risk categories
The Senate is working on their version of a healthcare bill and is pushing for a vote as soon as possible, but the level of secrecy--only a few top Republican leaders know what's in it--has alarmed Senators on both sides of the aisle. This is a surprise we can ill-afford, yet Senate leadership refuses to make this bill public, refuses any input from patient and medical groups and won't even allow it to go to the floor for debate.
"We expect our senators to protect Arizonans by refusing to vote for any bill that will increase our uninsured rates, offer no protection for people with pre-existing conditions, devastate Medicaid, and make health care a luxury only the wealthy can afford," says Kristen Randall of Indivisible Southern Arizona.
On Tuesday, June 20th, from 7:30-9 a.m. the group will brave the record-breaking heat to rally at Sen. Flake's office, 6840 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, carrying creatively decorated umbrellas spelling out messages demanding Flake to do the right thing: vote NO on the repeal of Obamacare and #KeepUsCovered
Contact: Kristen Randall
Indivisible Southern Arizona consists of almost 3,000 citizens from Arizona congressional districts 1, 2 and 3 who are committed to resisting the radical portions of President Donald Trump's agenda. The grassroots organization is part of a larger Indivisible movement comprised of almost 6,000 similar groups throughout the country.
On Thursday, June 8, the House, including Arizona congressional representative Martha McSally, voted to kill the Dodd-Frank bill.
Voters in her district have been calling, tweeting, emailing, faxing and writing letters asking for her position on this legislation since April. Most Arizonans had no idea how she would vote since her office staff repeatedly told constituents she had no position.
That was a lie.
On May 30th, McSally gave a private, candid speech to the Arizona Bankers Association detailing her intent to repeal Dodd-Frank. Indivisible Southern Arizona obtained a recording of the speech, during which McSally speaks candidly on many subjects, including how the Trump administration is hurting Republicans' 2018 election hopes.
Here is the full recording:
And here are some selected excerpts:
Rep. McSally doesn't find politics enjoyable, length 0:00:13
Rep. McSally says she is willing to listen to anyone, but refuses to listen to us, length 0:00:24
Rep. McSally opines that she will anger voters no matter what, length 0:00:12
I’m the punching bag (loop), length 0:00:07
Rep. McSally acknowledges that under the current environment, she’d lose a reelection if it was held today, length 0:00:21
Nothing like pulling the trigger on the A-10, length 0:00:02
On Dodd-Frank: Rep. McSally refused to answer constituents’ questions about Dodd-Frank repeal, but was willing to discuss it in closed doors bankers meeting, length 0:05:41
You know better! Rep. McSally tells bankers that they know best about regulating banks, length 0:00:15
Pony up! Banker’s appeal for contributions to McSally’s campaign, length 0:00:25
On June 9, 2017, Indivisible Southern Arizona rallied at Martha McSally's office and played audio recorded during her recent fundraiser with the Arizona Banker's Association. Despite dodging her constituents for months on the question of how she would vote on the repeal of consumer financial protection legislation, McSally spoke candidly with bankers about her positions.
Rally at McSally's, Friday, June 9th, 8-9 a.m.
We Demand Honesty-Communicate With Your Constituents--Not Bankers and Lobbyists
Links to audio cuts of McSally's comments below
On Thursday, the House, including Martha McSally, voted to kill the Dodd-Frank bill. Voters in her district who have been calling, tweeting, emailing, faxing and writing letters asking for the her position since April had no idea how she would vote because her office claimed she had no position.
But one group of people knew exactly how McSally would vote. On May 30th, McSally gave a private speech to the Arizona Bankers Association detailing her positions on the repeal of Dodd-Frank while constituents were turned away and instead congregated outside to protest. Days after her recorded speech, calls to staffers and a meeting with her District Director, CJ Karamargin still resulted in being told they didn’t know what the Congresswoman’s position was or that she didn’t have one.
On Friday, June 9th from 8AM-9AM in front of McSally’s office at 4400 E., Broadway Blvd. Indivisible Southern Arizona will be protesting McSally's vote to repeal Dodd-Frank (HR10, the CHOICE Act,) her lack of honestly to her constituents and her decision to favor banks over consumers. We will also be playing the full audio on the sidewalk.
Indivisible Southern Arizona consists of 2,800 citizens from Arizona congressional districts 1, 2 and 3 who are committed to resisting the radical portions of President Donald Trump's agenda. The grassroots organization is part of a larger Indivisible movement comprised of almost 6,000 similar groups throughout the country.
Contact: Kristen Randall
Link to entire speech and other select audio cuts https://www.indivisiblesaz.org/multimedia/
Indivisible Southern Arizona rallied outside Senator McCain's Tucson office on May 23, 2017 to say NO to fast-tracking border patrol hires.
Indivisible Southern Arizona Rally at McCain's
Tuesday, May 23rd, 8-9:30 a.m.
To Demand Senator Withdraw Support for Boots on the Border Act
In January, a Texas border patrol agent was sentenced to 20 years for drug and weapons smuggling charges in a case that involved a murder. Border patrol agents in Arizona have been charged with sexual assault, drug trafficking and bribery. These agents were hired years before polygraphs became mandatory for all hires in 2013 with the passage of the Anti-Border Corruption Act.
But Senator John McCain, in a rush to fill vacancies in Customs and Border Protection, has co-sponsored a bill with Senator Jeff Flake (S.595) that would scrap compulsory polygraphs for former law enforcement officers and veterans, even though border security experts say it would make our border less secure and increase corruption.
Border patrol agents often work alone in isolated areas and are vulnerable to recruitment by drug cartels or people smugglers.
Speaking to the New York Times on Sunday, John Roth, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, said waiving polygraph requirements is a huge risk for the C.B.P and that new ways need to be found to make hiring
“While it may sound reasonable to say you could waive requirements from former military personnel because they have passed a polygraph, he said, "Border Patrol agents work in a different environment that is not as controlled as the military.” He added that new ways need to be found to make hiring of agents “more efficient without sacrificing integrity and effectiveness.”
Kristen Randall, of Indivisible Southern Arizona, couldn't agree more. "We are going to Senator McCain's office to demand that agents are hired who create a more secure border, not a less secure one. Fast-tracking agents is not the way to do this."
Secure our Border Patrol, No on Boots on the Border Bill Rally,
Tuesday, May 23rd, 8-9:30 a.m.
Senator John McCain's Office, 407 W. Congress St., Tucson
Contact: Kristen Randall:
Indivisible Southern Arizona consists of more than 2,800 citizens from Arizona congressional districts 1, 2 and 3 who are committed to resisting the radical portions of President Donald Trump's agenda. The grassroots organization is part of a larger Indivisible movement comprised of almost 6,000 similar groups throughout the country.