Republican leaders in the Senate released a new Senate version of the Trump Tax Scam that includes a repeal of the individual mandate. Repealing the individual mandate, which requires that every American have health insurance or pay a penalty, was the centerpiece of the Republicans’ failed effort to pass the “skinny repeal” bill in the Senate in July. Numerous major health care groups have come out stronglyagainst the idea of repealing the individual mandate, saying that it will lead to “a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans.” And that’s on top of the massive, permanent corporate tax cut the Republicans want to pay for by putting an expiration date on parts of the scam they say help the middle class.
That means that, more than ever, the tax fight = the health care fight and the health care fight = the tax fight. We know the game plan from the last time we beat them on health care. We need massive constituent pressure on Republicans to tell them to reject the Trump Tax Scam. Call your Republican MoC and tell them: no tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. NO to the Trump Tax Scam.
Call Rob Portman:
Caller: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I live in [PART OF STATE]. I’m calling to let Senator Portman know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill has NOT gone through regular order, and it will cause hundreds of thousands of Ohioans to lose their health insurance coverage and drive up premiums for everyone else.
Staffer: Senator Portman is undecided on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He thinks it is important that we reform our broken, complex tax code so that middle-class families can benefit.
Caller: This tax bill won’t do anything to simplify the tax code, or make it better for middle class families. Premiums in Ohio will go up by over $1,400 if this tax bill passes, and over 716,000 Ohio families will see a tax increase! Senator Portman didn’t stand up for his constituents in the fight to repeal Obamacare, but he has the opportunity to make that right this time.
Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the Senator.
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.