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Call to Action: Urge US Senators to vote NO on Motion to Proceed

Monday, July 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The following is a message from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The U.S. Senate's health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), is up for a procedural vote tomorrow. Each of the versions of this bill released thus far fails children. All include the same drastic cuts to Medicaid and the same provisions that make insurance unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and complex health needs. No matter which of the versions advance tomorrow, the bill cannot be fixed.

The bill is closer to passing than ever before. The vote margin remains razor-thin and proponents of the bill have been working hard to mobilize grassroots in favor of the legislation, and persuade senators to vote in support of the bill.

If the Senate votes to proceed with debate, this bill would move one major step closer to advancing. We cannot let that happen.

Please call your U.S. senators TODAY and urge them to vote "no" on the Motion to Proceed.

Senator Tammy BaldwinWashington Office - 202.224.5653


  • Eau Claire - 715.832.8424
  • Green Bay - 920.498.2668
  • La Crosse - 608.796.0045
  • Madison Office - 608.264.5338
  • Milwaukee Office - 414.297.4451
  • Wausau Office - 715.261.2611


Senator Ron Johnson, Washington Office - 202.224.5323


  • Milwaukee Office - 414.276.7282
  • Oshkosh Office  920.230.7250

How to make your advocacy most effective:

  • Ask others to join you. Share this message far and wide to urge others in your state to call their senators. If we can stop the bill's momentum tomorrow, we can stop it from advancing altogether.  
  • Focus on key states. If you are from the following states, one of your senator's votes could be key to stopping the bill (target senators in parentheses): Alaska (Sen. Murkowski), Kansas (Sen. Moran), Maine (Sen. Collins), Nevada (Sen. Heller), Ohio (Sen. Portman) or West Virginia (Sen. Capito). If you know anyone in those states or if you have any connections to those states, please activate them to call today.
  • Double down on your message. If your senators are strongly opposed to bill, don't let up. Our voices are being countered by those supporting the bill and every senator needs to know where you stand.

Talking points

  • As a pediatrician in your state, I am calling to urge you to vote "no" on tomorrow's Motion to Proceed vote to advance health care legislation.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation Act fails children. The bill would leave more families uninsured, or without insurance they can afford or that meets their basic needs.
  • This bill's severe cuts to Medicaid would harm children and families in (your state). Medicaid covers children from low-income families and children with special health care needs, including 540,000 children  in our state.
  • Through Medicaid, children are guaranteed benefits that cover a comprehensive array of medically necessary services, including developmental, vision and hearing screenings. Pediatricians recommend these services because they help diagnose, treat and prevent complex conditions right away, saving money and lives. Capping Medicaid funding means these services could be rolled back or eliminated altogether.
  • This bill is not fixable. Its latest revisions still leave children and families worse off.
  • Please vote "no" on the Motion to Proceed to protect children's health.

Now is the time to act - whether this is your first time calling your senators or your tenth - we cannot let up our opposition. Thank you for your continued advocacy for children - your voice is powerful and can make a real difference.