Please take 2 minutes to save the Affordable Care Act

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says he hopes that lawmakers and the administration could agree on ways to finance expanding the EITC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama’s new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Affordable Care Act — a hallmark legislation of the Obama administration’s legacy — helped give provide healthcare coverage for over 20 million Americans. The ACA has given access for 4.3 million AAPI to access preventative care, and has helped tens of thousands of AAPI who had been denied healthcare due to a preexisting condition get coverage. Over a hundred thousand uninsured AAPI youth now are covered by their parents’ plan, and 2.5 million AAPI women now have coverage for women’s health services.

The Affordable Care Act has been an unqualified boon for American public health. And yet, Congressional Republicans are eyeing the recent presidential election of Donald Trump as an opportunity to gut the program.

There are many ways we must organize to protect the Affordable Care Act. One thing we can do is to participate in a ‘survey’ conducted by Speaker Paul Ryan’s office to express our support for the ACA.

The survey takes exactly two minutes to take part in. Those with social anxiety can take heart knowing that it is done entirely through automated phone messaging. Taking part requires almost no time, and it is one tangible thing that you can do to help save the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Call Speaker Ryan’s office line at (202) 225-0600. You can do this at any time, even after hours. Even right now. The phone will not ring; you will get silence until the automated message kicks in. It may take a few seconds or up to a minute for the phone to ‘pick up’ with the menu of options to be heard.
  2. Press 2 to choose the option to participate in a phone survey about the Affordable Care Act.
  3. Listen to the super-long, super-biased message about how the Affordable Care Act is terrible. The whole message is about 30 seconds to 1 minute long. When it is done, press 1 to indicate that you support the Affordable Care Act.
  4. Wait for an acknowledgement message, and then hang up or stay on the line to leave a voice mail message (which you may not be able to do if the inbox is full).

Now, a quick note: I don’t know to what extent this survey’s results will be publicized by Speaker Ryan, particularly if they don’t yield the results Republicans are hoping for. This survey is clearly biased; it uses push-poll tactics to try and discourage ACA supporters from registering their support.

But that is all the more reason to flood Speaker Ryan’s office with calls. He, like all Republicans, must hear how important the Affordable Care Act has been for middle-class Americans. He must know how the Affordable Care Act has literally saved lives, and that we will work to defend the program.

It only takes two minutes of your time to try and help stop this effort to end the Affordable Care Act. Please take that time to do this.

Update: I’ve received scattered reports that the phone number doesn’t work. I’ve just rechecked — it does work, but some callers receive busy signals when they call. Other callers have had to wait up to a minute for the automated system to ‘pick up’. If you don’t immediately hear anything when you call, wait a minute or two for the message to play back. If you get a busy signal or otherwise don’t get the message even after waiting, try calling back. The number does work, but the system appears to be having periodic issues (hopefully because of the huge number of people calling in to express their support of the Affordable Care Act).

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  • Vish

    Save the UnAffordable Care Act with its increasing premiums, high deductibles, and decreasing number of participating health care providers?

    Uh, no thanks.

    It is hilarious that so-called “progressives” and other Democratic Party mouthpieces are still peddling the deception that Obamacare was some noble effort to provide affordable healthcare for the uninsured.

    That is a bald-faced lie just as much as the Right Wingers and Republicans hysterically claiming that ObamaCare was (cue, scary music) Socialized Medicine.

    In reality, ObamaCare was a handout to the health insurance industry designed to provide this industry with a captive consumer market and government subsidies for its mediocre health care services.

    Call it Corporate Welfare for the health insurance racket.

    For all the boasting about how many more people have health insurance thanks to ObamaCare, what is conveniently glossed over are the increasing costs that consumers must pay for this insurance and the diminishing services that they receive in return.

    Instead of ObamaCare–or God forbid, TrumpCare–one should be advocating for the single payer system that would expand and universalize Medicare.

    Time For the Real Left To Double Down on Single Payer Medicare For All

  • trer24

    I agree in that a Single Payer system is the preferred system, but let’s be fair, Obama had to work through an army of Republicans who were hell-bent on opposing any of Obama’s initiatives. Heck even former “Democrat” Joe Liebermann threaten to filibuster and torpedo the whole thing because the original ACA would have included a Public Option (obviously the insurance lobby paid handsomely to Liebermann for this assist).

    So I’m willing to give Obama credit where it’s due. Getting even the current version of ACA (even as poked through full of holes as it is by insurance lobbyists) was a monumental task in itself. It’s too bad it will be gutted by Trump before it had a chance to take the next step.

    I’d love to see him or Paul Ryan try this “health savings account” crap with Medicare though. Senior citizens actually vote.

  • Patricia

    To the American people who still think our country is smarter than the other countries that take care of their people’s health needs: Have you added up your premiums, copays, deductibles that support
    the fat cats who run the insurance industry? I would rather pay a flat tax to Uncle Sam and know EVERYONE in my country is covered for their health needs. I care about my neighbor.

  • Patricia

    You spelled it out so perfectly! I too agree with the Single Payer system. I’m on Medicare and it is a beautiful thing. I paid through payroll deduction my whole life and now my health care needs are handled. We should do the same for all. If a person wants and can afford more coverage, let them get additional private insurance.
    I carry an Advantage plan for additional coverage. Also Medicare wouldn’t be going
    broke if congress would not have “borrowed” from the cookie jar.

  • Kirsten Fenton