Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Do: thank (or scold) your representatives about their healthcare stance.

Obamacare is alive and Trumpcare is dead.  Let's thank some people.

The war's not over, of course.  Some Republicans are responding to conservative pressure by pretending to return to healthcare.  But we're in good shape for three reasons: (1) there's no sign that this is actually serious -- no one has changed their position and there's no bill under consideration, (2) everything I said yesterday is still true about the obstacles they'd face if they tried again, and (3) there's a ton of things that they need to urgently address right now, like the SCOTUS nomination and a looming budget deadline.

We won a major battle, publicly and gloriously, and we should thank (or scold) our representatives.  They deserve it, and it will harden their resolve for the next fight.

If you live in the Berkshires, it's pretty easy to figure out whether your representatives deserve your thanks or your scorn.

THANK Senator Edward J. Markey:  413-785-4610
THANK Senator Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543
THANK Representative Richard Neal: 202-225-5601

THANK Senator Bernard Sanders:  802-862-0697
THANK Senator Pat Leahy: 202-224-4242
THANK Representative Peter Welch: 202-225-4115

THANK Senator Charles E. Schumer:  518-431-4070
THANK Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:  202-224-4451
SCOLD Representative John Faso:  202-225-5614 (author of the Buffalo Bribe, no less!)

If you live elsewhere, it's almost as easy.  First, find your representatives.  If you're represented by a Democrat, thank them: Democrats were united from top to bottom against the AHCA.  If you're represented by a Republican, scold them unless they're one of these thirty-three representatives:

    AL-5     Mo Brooks
    AR-1     Rick Crawford
    AZ-4     Paul Gosar
    AZ-5     Andy Biggs
    FL-3     Ted Yoho
    FL-8     Bill Posey
    FL-27     Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    IA-1     Rod Blum
    IA-3     David Young
    ID-1     Raúl R. Labrador
    KY-4     Thomas Massie
    MI-3     Justin Amash
    NC-3     Walter B. Jones
    NC-11     Mark Meadows
    NC-13     Ted Budd
    NJ-2     Frank A. LoBiondo
    NJ-4     Christopher H. Smith
    NJ-7     Leonard Lance
    NJ-11     Rodney Frelinghuysen
    NV-2     Mark Amodei
    NY-11     Dan Donovan
    NY-24     John Katko
    OH-4     Jim Jordan
    OH-14     David Joyce
    PA-8     Brian Fitzpatrick
    PA-15     Charlie Dent
    TX-1     Louie Gohmert
    TX-14     Randy Weber
    VA-1     Rob Wittman
    VA-5     Tom Garrett
    VA-7     Dave Brat
    VA-10     Barbara Comstock
    WA-3     Jaime Herrera Beutler

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