This Week’s Action Alert
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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As you probably saw, the GOP finally put forward their version of healthcare reform. Does$600 billion in tax cuts for the rich that makes healthcare unaffordable for our senior citizens, women, families, LGBT folks, working people, and foster youth sound good to you? We didn’t think so. Let’s get to work.
Protect Women’s Access to Healthcare
On Monday, the GOP introduced the American Healthcare Act. The act increases the burden on low-income families, allows health insurance companies to increase premiums for the elderly, and has several provisions to reduce women’s health coverage, including reducing coverage for abortion, defunding Planned Parenthood (which is one of the major providers of all kinds of health care to poor women and the LGBT community), and eliminating maternity care. Under the Republicans’ healthcare bill, women would face financial repercussions for being poor. Or using birth control. Or being pregnant.
This week, show your support for women’s rights to access basic healthcare. Call your U.S. Senator and let him or her know you stand with women. Or consider organizing an event to support Planned Parenthood (a link with ideas for how to do this is below!).
Make a Call
- Find your U.S. Senator or Representative
- Use the following script, courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
Hi, my name is ____________ and my zip code is _____________.
I'm calling to ask my Senator to vote NO on any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
This is nothing more than a blatantly political attempt to attack women's health and rights and take health care away from the people who need it most. I stand with Planned Parenthood because [insert your own story, if you like]. I expect my Senator to vote against any attacks on Planned Parenthood and the vital health services they provide.
Thank you for your time.
Organize an Event outside your Congressional members’ local offices
Want to show your elected officials how high a priority this is for you? Planned Parenthood has put out a call to host events around the U.S. outside the district offices of Congressional members. Here’s a place to sign up. And here is a great guide to hosting a fundraising party.
Don’t let Trump off the hook on Russia
Trump and the Republicans will do whatever they can to distract the public from Trump’s ties to Russia, like making completely unfounded accusations against President Obama. We need to keep our eye on the ball. Two easy actions to keep the heat on this week:
(1) Call your Senator or Representative and ask whether they will be pushing for a full investigation. 5Calls has a great script and will give you the right numbers to call if you enter your zip code here.
(2) Post to Facebook and Twitter to call for a Congressional investigation into Trump’s connections to Russia.
- Sample tweet: We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia! Congress should appoint a special prosecutor!
- Sample FB post: We need a real investigation into Trump's ties with Russiahttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/democrats-special-counsel-russia-election.html
Protect Critical Regulations from President Trump
The big fights are not only happening in Congress. Under Trump’s direction, Federal agencies are rolling back Obama-era regulations that protect the environment and our country’s workers, and those that regulate banks and unscrupulous financial advisors.
This week, take action on the Fiduciary Rule, which requires that financial advisors act in the best interest of their clients, rather than lining their own pockets.
Trump’s Department of Labor is considering rolling this rule back. You can help protect it by emailing EBSA.FiduciaryRuleExamination@dol.gov with the following note:
To the Department of Labor:
I support the implementation of the DOL conflict of interest rule and oppose any delay of the rule.
Millions of Americans, like me, are counting on their 401(k)s and IRAs, and many depend on investment professionals for advice about managing these complex retirement plans. Retirement savers should be able to trust their financial advisers to put their clients’ interests first. Unfortunately, the rules that have applied to retirement investment advice have made it too easy for unscrupulous advisers to line their own pockets at their clients’ expense.
The DOL rule would close the loopholes in the law that have allowed financial advisers to profit at their clients’ expense. It would strengthen protections for retirement savers by requiring financial advisers and their firms to provide retirement investment advice that is in the client’s best interests. As a result, retirement savers will have the confidence that when they go to financial advisers, they are receiving high-quality, honest advice, instead of a sales pitch disguised as advice. Americans who have worked hard to save for retirement need and deserve these basic, common-sense protections.
Delaying implementation of these new protections would allow financial advisers and their firms to continue to engage in harmful practices that threaten the retirement security of their hardworking clients. In deciding to delay the rule, that DOL is taking the position that opponents’ interests in avoiding having to comply with the rule should win out over retirement savers’ interests in receiving the critical protections from the rule, which is shameful. Retirement savers need and deserve to receive the protections of the rule without delay. The DOL should conclude that the proposed delay is unjustified and that the rule should be implemented beginning on April 10th.