We’ve shown them what resistance looks like. Now let’s show them what war looks like.

This afternoon, at about 2:20, our members of Congress voted 217 to 213 to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that would take health care from over 24 million Americans, cut Medicaid by $840 billion, severely scale back protections for people with preexisting conditions, and any number of other horrible things. And, then, these same people -the people who essentially voted to end the lives of our most vulnerable citizens – had the audacity to smile for cameras on the White House lawn alongside Donald Trump, as Mike Pence said that, after years of work, they’d finally taken a step toward giving “the American people the kind of health care they deserve.”

Yes, all of you Americans who don’t make enough for private insurance, and don’t have good jobs with benefits, you’re about to get what, in the eyes of the administration “you deserve.”

Pence didn’t, of course, mention that, under the new law, insurers could now choose to consider rape, postpartum depression and Cesarean sections preexisting conditions, allowing them to either charge more, or deny coverage altogether. He also didn’t mention the fact that this legislation, if passed by the Senate, would fund billions of dollars in new tax cuts for America’s super-wealthy. But I suppose none of that really matters to those who put the likes of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan into office. No, all they seem to care about is “getting the government out of health care,” regardless of how many lives might be lost. [Yes, the “death panel” Sarah Palin warned us of all those years ago, is actually a real thing after all.]

So, the question is, “How do we, the people who can actually see what’s going on, respond?”

Well, I’m of the opinion that we need to make the House Republicans who voted for this feel as much pain as we’re able to inflict, and we need to make it happen immediately. We not only need to build a movement to drive them from office, but, perhaps just as importantly, we need to demonstrate to the Republicans in the Senate that there will be very real consequences if they choose to pass this inhuman monstrosity of a bill into law. And we need to do so right away, as I’m sure the administration is working like hell to get this through the Senate before the American people realize what’s happening.

As others have said online today, we cannot allow this temporary advance in the Trump agenda be seen as a victory. I know they’re celebrating on the White House lawn, and acting as though Trumpcare is now the law of the land, but it’s not. They want for us to think that it’s a foregone conclusion, but that’s not the case. And we can’t allow them to take their victory lap. We can’t allow them to gain any more momentum. We need to strike back immediately, and strike back hard.

And, I know it’s going to hurt, but we’re going to have to dig deep and break out the checkbooks before we take to the streets.

Here’s how we do it.

Right now, there are three House seats are in play. One is in Montana, where people will vote on May 25, and the other two are in Georgia and South Carolina, where special elections will take place on June 20. All three will be difficult races to be sure, given how red the states in question are, but I don’t imagine it’ll exactly help the Republican candidates vying for those seats that their party just voted to rob over 24 million Americans of their health care. And, there’s also the fact that, just recently, the Democratic candidate in a special House election in Kansas lost by a mere 7 points in a district where Trump beat Clinton by 27 points. Things seem to be turning, even in the reddest of states, and we’ve got a chance to demonstrate that in Montana, Georgia and South Carolina.

So, if you have access to a credit card, now’s the time to pull it out and make a contribution or two to the following Democratic candidates.

Rob Quist [Montana]
Archie Parnell [South Carolina]
Jon Ossoff [Georgia]

You can donate financially to any of the three above through their campaign sites or ActBlue. And, if you’re looking to get involved in other ways, you can do that through either SwingLeft or Flippable, both of which are absolutely awesome. [As I used to live in the district, I just joined Team GA-06 on SwingLeft. You don’t have to know an area to get involved, though.]

And, closer to home, we’ve got some serious housekeeping to do… Here are our members of Congress who voted against us, their constituents, today, choosing instead to look out for the financial interests of their wealthy donors.

Remember these names, and tell your friends.

According to SwingLeft, David Trott is the most vulnerable of them, having just won the district last time by 48,411 votes (12.8%). And the fact that he made his fortune foreclosing on the homes of Michiganders certainly doesn’t make him the strongest of candidates… He’s up for reelection in 2018, and we can take that seat. [Join Team MI-11 here to find our more about how we unseat Trott.] Let’s not only fill the coffers of whomever runs against him, but let’s be at every town hall he’s at, telling the stories of those effected by Trumpcare. And, in the meantime, let’s visit his offices in person, and take to Twitter and let him know that we won’t forget… Here’s one to share right now, if you like.

If you thought that town hall was ugly, just wait.

For what it’s worth, I think today’s vote is going to motivate a lot of people, the same way a lot of people were motivated in 1994 to vote against those Democrats who voted in support of Clinton’s tax hikes. The Republicans, in ’94, never let the American people forget who it was that was responsible for raising their taxes, and, as a result, the Democrats lost control of both the House and the Senate in the ’94 election. And the same thing could well be true here. The Republicans may get what they want, but it may cost them dearly… And it’s our job to make sure that’s what happens. We need to hang this vote around their necks, and make them face the consequences.

I know the impetus may be to start fighting for single payer health care, and I think that should definitely be our long term goal. For now, though, I just want harness the wrath we’re all feeling, and give the Republicans in the Senate a little taste of what might be coming their way if they allow this to move forward.

So, with that in mind, I just gave the campaigns of Quist, Ossoff and Parnell $10 each, and now I’m researching where I might be able to invest a few dollars in Michigan to make a difference in 2018.

Everyone in elected office needs to know, “If you vote against the health of the people you represent, your career will immediately end.”

If they want to shorten our lives here in the real world, we need to end their lives in the political realm.

So, what are your ideas as to how we do that? Other than giving money to their opponents and going flooding their offices, how do we take the fight to those Republicans who voted against the health and well-being of American citizens today?

Oh, and ActBlue just set up a new fund for the Democrats that will end up running against the Republicans that voted for Trumpcare. The fund just launched this afternoon, and it’s already got almost $400,000 in it, which ActBlue says will be divided among the Democratic challengers facing off against Republicans who voted yes this afternoon… And I just put $20 in that as well.

We’ve shown them what resistance looks like. Let’s show them what all out war looks like.

Oh, and here, thanks to Talking Points Memo, are some of our first targets, caught mid party in the White House rose garden. The numbers appearing alongside each Representative are the number of people in their districts that will lose insurance, should this bill become law…. And, yes, that Michigan’s one Fred Upton in the second photo.

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20 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    “AARP is now letting its 38 million members know how their elected Representative voted on this health bill.”

  2. David Olson
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    They have vastly underestimated the consequences…

    https://www.facebook.com/radicaldemocracyproject/photos/a.587690894773139.1073741830.375517472657150/587691194773109/

  3. Larry Works
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Both the AARP and AMA strongly advocate against this legislation. For practical reasons. Further the AMA has outlined objectives to improve what already exists. Imagine if we could treat each other as one family, how much good we would do. https://www.patientsbeforepolitics.org/

  4. M
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Does Trump even know what this bill does?

    A few short hours after the vote Trump praised Australia’s universal health care.

    MarketWatch: “Hours after Obamacare repeal approved, Trump touts diametrically opposite system.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/say-what-trump-praises-australias-universal-health-care-2017-05-04

  5. This Doesn't Look Good
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Joe Scarborough‏Verified account @JoeNBC

    “Republicans celebrated a bill with beer kegs that 18% of Americans support and most believe strips 24 million citizens of health care.”

  6. Kim
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Good post, but you forgot to mention how the AHCA might also ruin employer-based coverage: http://slate.me/2pHNMQz

  7. Meta
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    AXIOS: “More Republicans now at midterms risk”

    A key Republican strategist tells me that the health-care vote gives Dems a better (though still not good) chance of retaking the House in 2018.

    The reason: After the Senate vote, the House members “will have difficulty passing a repeal/replace bill, but will have voted for a bill that Dems can claim would be terrible for real people’s health care and costs.”

    SIREN: The Cook Political Report today will shift its 2018 forecast for 20 House districts, all in favor of Democrats.

    David Wasserman (@redistrict), House Editor of The Cook Political Report (@CookPolitical), gives Axios AM readers a sneak peek at his analysis:

    “Not only did dozens of Republicans in marginal districts just hitch their names to an unpopular piece of legislation, Democrats just received their best candidate recruitment tool yet.”

    Sentence of the day: “Democrats aren’t so much recruiting candidates as they are overwhelmed by a deluge of eager newcomers, including doctors and veterans in traditionally red seats who have no political record for the GOP to attack — almost a mirror image of 2010.”

    “Of the 23 Republicans sitting in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, 14 voted for … repeal and replace.”

    N.Y. Times Quote of the Day … House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, warning moderate Rs: “You have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark.”

    Read more:
    https://www.axios.com/more-republicans-now-at-midterms-risk-2393708120.html

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Is there a source for data on how many people in each GOP held district will lose coverage? Red states use more federal funding $$ than they give back in. Trump voters are also more likely to be unhealthy according to that giant Gannon study last year. (And their dissatisfaction with Obamacare may actually derive from dissatisfaction with the health care/insurance industry at large.) It seems that kind of pointed data may turn some Trumpers. My concern with focusing on races taking place before the AHCA is implemented is that the impact will not yet be personally felt. I’m looking for some way to drive home personal impact of ACA repeal/replace.

  9. site admin
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    From the Talking Points Memo linked to at the end of the post, Jean:

    “For these particular numbers, here’s the sourcing: The Congressional Budget Office scored the original version of the AHCA in March. That’s the source for the 24 million lost coverage numbers. The Center for American Progress took the CBO numbers and crunched the numbers for individual states and districts using data from The Kaiser Foundation and the American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau. Gaba took that data and put them in very easy to read charts for every state and every district (because that’s just the kind of thing he does) and organized them so you can compare the impact of straight repeal and repeal and replacement with the AHCA.”

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Duh. Sorry I missed that. Great resource.

  11. Lynne
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know about anyone else but since I pretty much spend most of my free time in the summers up at the lake where I sit around on the pontoon boat drinking beers with some pretty conservative folks, I have been trying to come up with talking points that will play well with them. Unfortunately talking about poor black people losing coverage is right out since they are too racist to care but I know of some people who live on the lake who are going to lose their health care because of this and I am hoping that their stories will help. It is hard for me to make what I consider to be bad arguments, i.e pulling in anecdotal evidence instead of more broad data but I know that kind of argument can be more persuasive when it comes to voting. Most people don’t vote based on facts or intellectual reason, they vote based on their emotions and connecting their vote with the plight of people they actually know will help put an emotional perspective on things. I hope. I think the whole thing where part of bill exempts members of congress and their staffs from its effects will be the winning angle to take. Not everyone understands the complexities and nuances of health care but they do understand that if Congress exempts themselves from the effects of a law, it is because they don’t actually think that the law will be beneficial. I am going to frame most of my arguments around that.

  12. John Galt
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Congressman Mo Brooks, Mo Brooks. People who lead good lives don’t get preexisting conditions.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/02/alabama-congressman-people-who-lead-good-lives-dont-have-preexisting-conditions/

  13. ...but her emails.
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MarchAgainstTrump/comments/69elws/trump_supporters/

  14. Anonymous
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Show me Tepuplican Congressman in Michigan and I’ll show you someone who can eat a bag of dicks.

  15. stupid hick
    Posted May 6, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Look, I sympathize, so please don’t take this the wrong way, but if results mean anything, what have you “shown them”, except that liberal resistance is weak and ineffectual? If you do indeed go to war, please, please try something different. Don’t double down on tactics that have repeatedly failed against Trump.

  16. stupid hick
    Posted May 6, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Bravo Lynne. Mark, a creative and influential guy like you should be able to learn from her and build on her success. My advice would be to infiltrate and sabotage “them”, but if you’re not going to listen to me (and I already know it’s futile for me to try), maybe you can take advice from someone whose advice you don’t automatically discount. Maybe you can listen to Lynne.

  17. Catherine Daligga
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    In case someone doesn’t follow the link in TPM to the ACA stats source — the go-to place for reportage is ACASignups.net, the product of Charles Gaba (Brainwrap on Daily Kos). He is tireless in gathering the necessary information to keep this resource updated; for a long time, he was the ONLY person combing state sites for sign-up figures.

    Thanks for the post, Mark. Soon, we’ll be needing to think about every.single.method of resistance we can put into effect.

  18. Eel
    Posted May 9, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    You can now choose your TrumpCare plan online.

    http://ahca.republican/

  19. M
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    President Trump calls the House health care bill “mean” cnn.it/2rZ2Fzq

    Yes, this is the same bill he can be seen celebrating in the above photo.

  20. anonymous
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Ossoff lost.

    “Karen Handel, a Republican, won a House seat in Georgia. It’s a reprieve for President Trump and a demoralizing blow to Democrats.” – The New York Times

    In spite of the Russia investigation and everything else, all four races for open seats went to Republicans. It’s hard to accept that we live in a country where this could happen.

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