Health Care: Never Gonna Give It Up
This is an all-hands-on-deck situation, so for step one, call, text, or email a friend and remind them to call their senators. Try to think of someone who has a Republican senator who’s expressed concerns about the current bill.
Does calling Congress actually work? Kathryn Schulz takes a close look in the New Yorker:
“Last month, Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, got three thousand calls in one night. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, got thirty-one thousand in three weeks. Last year, in a fourteen-day period in January, Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, got a thousand pieces of mail on the subject of education; this year, during that same period, he got forty-five thousand. Compared with 2016, his over-all constituent correspondence shot up nine hundred per cent. Members of Congress claim that, Senate-wide, the call volume for the week of January 30, 2017, more than doubled the previous record; on average, during that week, the Senate got 1.5 million calls a day. Three of those days—January 31st, February 1st, and February 2nd—were the busiest in the history of the Capitol switchboard.”
Fitness Is Always Easier with a Friend
You already texted a friend; why not text a few more and have a calling party? Get together, leave messages for Congress, and have dinner or drinks. This works just as well over video chat as in real life.
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