Senate BCRA Activist Toolkit

Last month, the House passed their version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare called the American Health Care Act, or AHCA. That bill moved the ball forward on repealing parts of the Title I regulations of Obamacare by giving power to the states to opt-out of some of those harmful regulations.

Now the Senate has taken up their version of the bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Conservatives like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are fighting for more conservative reforms

The BCRA is not a repeal, but it does go beyond the status quo of Obamacare. It makes substantial changes to Medicaid, it gives state the flexibility to opt out of the harmful parts of Title I regulations and repeals nearly $1 trillion in taxes.

We all know the reality of the situation — this is NOT a full repeal of Obamacare — but it is a chance to stop the bleeding and advance substantive reforms that will position conservatives for future healthcare fights.

Here are the three things you should be asking your Senators to do:

  1. Reform Medicaid – Obamacare radically expanded Medicaid, which was already unsustainable and ineffective. The House-passed bill rolled back that expansion and included a generational reform to the way the program is financed. If the Senate maintains or improves those reforms, we can minimize waste and fraud, and not bankrupt the country.
  2. Empower States – The House-passed bill allowed states to opt out of some of the premium-increasing insurance mandates in Obamacare. Under Obamacare, the federal government basically became the nation’s default insurance commissioner.  The Senate must give states the ability to opt out of these harmful Title I regulations which are the core of Obamacare’s skyrocketing costs. Giving more control to the states to regulate health insurance markets is essential to draining the swamp in Washington.
  3. Repeal Taxes – Senators must ensure the Obamacare taxes are repealed once and for all. The House-passed bill was good on this point and the Senate must do the same. Pure and simple, this is a tax cut that will put money back in the pockets of the American people — money that was stolen by the Obama Administration.

The Senate is continuing to work on their bill this week and your voice is needed. A final version could be unveiled this month! We must take action to ensure the final version of the BCRA as conservative as possible.

Name Classification Phone Number Twitter
Cotton (R-AR) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-2353 @SenTomCotton
Cruz (R-TX) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-5922 @SenTedCruz
Johnson (R-WI) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-5323 @SenRonJohnson
Lee (R-UT) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-5444 @SenMikeLee
Paul (R-KY) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-4343 @RandPaul
Sasse (R-NE) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-4224 @SenSasse
Toomey (R-PA) Title 1 Champion (202) 224-4254 @SenToomey
Barrasso (R-WY) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-6441 @SenJohnBarrasso
Corker (R-TN) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-3344 @SenBobCorker
Fischer (R-NE) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-6551 @SenatorFischer
Flake (R-AZ) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-4521 @JeffFlake
Hatch (R-UT) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-5251 @senorrinhatch
Wicker (R-MS) 2018 Re-Election (202) 224-6253 @SenatorWicker
Capito (R-WV) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-6472 @SenCapito
Heller (R-NV) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-6244 @SenDeanHeller
Gardner (R-CO) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-5941 @SenCoryGardner
Murkowski (R-AK) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-6665 @lisamurkowski
Portman (R-OH) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-3353 @senrobportman
Sullivan (R-AK) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-3004 @SenDanSullivan
Boozman (R-AR) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-4843 @JohnBoozman
Cassidy (R-LA) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-5824 @BillCassidy
Daines (R-MT) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-2651 @SteveDaines
Hoeven (R-ND) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-2551 @SenJohnHoeven
Kennedy (R-LA) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-4623 @SenJohnKennedy
McCain (R-AZ) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-2235 @SenJohnMcCain
McConnell (R-KY) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-2541 @SenateMajLdr
Young (R-IN) Medicaid Expansion (202) 224-5623 @SenToddYoung

(Make sure to insert the twitter handle of your Senator)

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME we need to fix healthcare in America. The #BCRA must:
1. Repeal Taxes
2. Reform Medicaid
3. Empower States

Click to tweet: The House AHCA moved the ball forward on repealing parts of the Title I regulations of Obamacare– and now the Senate must finish the job

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME the #BCRA is NOT a #FullRepeal of Obamacare. Put patients first by repealing taxes, reforming medicaid & empowering states

Click to tweet: Medicaid is unsustainable and ineffective. @SENATORNAME help make serious reforms to fix #Medicaid in #BCRA

Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME stand strong for conservatives & ensure states can opt-out of the harmful regulations of Obamacare in the final #BCRA
Click to tweet: @SENATORNAME work with @tedcruz and @SenMikeLee and make further Conservative reforms to the #BCRA

These are notes to use when calling your member of Congress. You can find their phone number on the Heritage Action Dashboard.

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [STATE].

The House of Representatives took an important first step to unraveling Obamacare by passing an amended version of the AHCA but, {SENATOR’S NAME} needs to continuing pushing for conservative reforms in the final version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

The Senate should strengthen the current bill by doing the following three things:

  1. Repeal all of the Obamacare taxes included in the House passed bill.
  2. Reform Medicaid by maintaining or improving the current reforms in the House passed bill that rolls back the unaffordable Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
  3. Empower states by giving them the freedom to opt-out of the Obamacare insurance regulations (Title I) responsible for increasing health insurance premiums and undermining choice and competition in the marketplace.

Please tell the Senator to keep the promise you made over the past few years to repeal Obamacare and enact free-market reforms.  

Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize it. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.

LTE: Senator X – Obamacare repeal is long overdue, let’s get it done

Last month the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their version of an Obamacare repeal and replace. Though the AHCA was not a full repeal of Obamacare it did move the debate to the Senate.

Now Senator XX and his/her colleagues have an opportunity to make the Senate version, the Better Care Reconciliation Act more conservative. There’s three things that the Senator must push for to ensure the final bill addresses our major concerns here in TOWN.

First, the Senate must make sure that Obamacare taxes are repealed once and for all. The AHCA did just that, and now the Senate must ensure this isn’t diluted in their version of the bill.

Secondly, any Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate should roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, lock in new reforms, and make sure we do not bankrupt our nation.

And finally, the Senate’s bill must empower states. The House bill included language that allows states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s burdensome mandates, and it’s important the Senate version gives states the ability to control their insurance markets.

The American people have been waiting for Obamacare repeal for seven years. Now it’s up to the Senate to make it happen by repealing Obamacare’s taxes, rolling back Medicaid expansion and empowering states. Congressman X, it’s time to get it done.