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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Senate learned their lesson from the House: silence is golden. Attention is the enemy. Comey testimony provides perfect cover. 8/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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What I'm hearing on the Hill ranges from "they're within a vote or two" to "they have the votes." This is the doomsday scenario. BUT... 9/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Unlike the House vote, where most people only noticed the onrushing train in the final 48 hours, we have 3 weeks to make this toxic. 10/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Here's how we meet this moment and kill TrumpCare. 11/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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1. PHONES. Senators are telling me that their phones have returned to normal, pre-Trump levels. A few dozen calls a day. That must end. 12/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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The Bible has some good advice about how to remember the number to call Congress, which is 202-224-3121. Listen to the Bible. 13/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Save the 202-224-3121 in your phone as a contact. Put it as a favorite. Say "Hey Siri, remind me to call Congress at 10am on weekdays." 14/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Don't just call Congress—recruit callers. Type "Friends in Tennessee" into Facebook. You'll get a list. Ask 'em to call Sen. Alexander. 15/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Your friends in TN WV LA ME TN AR AZ CO SC NV AK & OH miss you! Don't neglect them! Get in touch & ask 'em to call Congress re Trumpcare 16/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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It's GREAT to call Congress and leave your opinion. Senate offices circulate call tallies every day. But calls can go even further: 17/
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Ben Wikler
When you call a Senate office, ask to speak to the relevant Health Legislative Assistant. Hey look, a list of staffer names! 18/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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When you get through, explain that you're a constituent and you have grave concerns about how the bill will affect you. Then explain WHY 19/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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These staffers are human beings. They work on health care because they care about health. Even if their bosses don't. Tell your story. 20/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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What you want is for health staffers to be telling their bosses that they've spent all day with the phone from freaked-out constituents 21/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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And then you want to ASK FOR A MEETING, before the vote. With state staffers (or in DC, if you can come). Promise to bring a group. 22/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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If you get the meeting with your Senator or their staffers, bring a ton of people & make it huge. can help. (DM me.) 23/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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If you don't get the meeting, no problem. You should still recruit a group & show up at Senators' offices. Time to break out the signs. 24/
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Jason (El)F.C(laus). Clarke Jun 8
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Aside from social media amplification, anything we Blue Staters can do?
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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Incidentally, it's also worth EMAILING the legislative assistants w/personal notes. Here's how to figure out Hill staff email addresses 25/
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Ben Wikler Jun 8
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If I, Ben Wikler, worked for Sen. Murkowski, (I don't; Chelsea Holt is her health LA), I'd be ben.wikler@murkowski.senate.gov. Get it? 26/
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