Wednesday Actions: Drug Prices, Vaccinate Migrant Children, and More

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FEDERAL:

[Obviously Speaker Pelosi has officially announced that she is pursuing two articles of impeachment against Trump and it’s worthwhile to call Tillis and Burr and make them own Trump’s behavior, BUT if you’re looking for some other things to call about, here they are]

Support H.R. 3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act:

HR 3, named after the late, great Rep. Elijah Cummings is coming up for a vote in the House. This bill would take some significant steps toward making prescription drugs more affordable. It would allow HHS to negotiate directly with drug companies for over 250 of the most expensive drugs. It would, for example, save diabetics up to $700 annually on insulin. In fact, at least one recent study has shown that 1 in 4 diabetics have been forced to ration insulin because of the cost. Manufacturers of drugs subject to negotiation would agree to a price no higher than 120 percent of the average price in other industrialized countries. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that H.R. 3 negotiations would result in an average discount of nearly 55 percent on current Medicare Part D net prices for the first group of drugs to undergo negotiations. I’ve seen two main groups opposed to this bill: The White House and Pfizer (presumably other drug manufacturers agree with Pfizer). Let’s create such overwhelming support for this bill that even GOP reps are forced to support it. The vote is scheduled for this week (yes, House Democrats can walk, chew gum, and impeach Trump at the same time), so the time is now to make those calls!!

Note: the link below has a list of many of the drugs that would have lower prices under HR3. If you’re on any prescription medication, it might be worthwhile to review the list so you can specifically talk about how YOUR costs would be lowered.

Details:
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2019/12/09/478380/house-bill-lower-patients-prescription-drug-spending-thousands-dollars/

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent caling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. ___________ to support HR3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This bill would go a LONG way toward making prescription drugs more affordable. Diabetics, for example, would see the costs of insulin drop by $700 annually, which would be a life-changing cost savings for them. It would also bring our costs closer to the prices paid in every other industrialized nation. Please support HR3 and lower drug costs for millions of Americans. Thanks.

Federal Contact Numbers:
Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342
Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154
Tim Scott (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-6121
Lindsey Graham (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-5972
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


Let Doctors Vaccinate Migrant Children:

A few days ago, it was reported that a 15-year old Guatemalan boy died in CBP custody when his flu symptoms went ignored. He is the third known child to die of the flu while in CBP custody. Meanwhile, in Mexico, detained children are being given the flu vaccine. Once again, it is increasingly clear that the cruelty is the point. Physicians are outside a detention center w/flu vaccines & are being denied access. You can call CBP at 619-216-4000 (CBP Headquarters overseeing San Diego Sector) and demand that physicians be allowed access. In addition to tweeting, I think it’s worth calling your reps about this.

Details:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/story/2019-12-09/doctors-flu-shots

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from __________ calling to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to demand that doctors be allowed to provide migrant detainees with the flu vaccine. At least three children have died of the flu in CBP custody in the last year. This is entirely preventable and is profoundly cruel. The detention camps are wrong, but if you’re going to detain people, they need to be provided with proper medical care. This would not cost taxpayers a single dollar. Thank you.

Twitter Action:
Retweet the following tweet with a succinct message for Senator Tillis, Senator Burr, and your House Rep: https://twitter.com/dabeard/status/1204226871656931329

Federal Contact Numbers:
Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342
Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154
Tim Scott (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-6121
Lindsey Graham (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-5972
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


TILLIS WATCH:

Wish Tillis a Happy Holiday Resistance Style:
Senator Tillis is promoting a truly repulsive collection of MAGA-themed Christmas hats on Twitter. One hat is embossed with the truly festive phrase “Build the Wall.” Another says “Team Kavanaugh.” Two others say “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and “Support Our Troops.” This is beyond crass. If you tweet, take a minute to comment on the tweet below and explain how these hats are not consistent with the holiday spirit of giving. I’d love for these to go viral in a bad way and for Tillis to have to defend such a Scrooge-like message.

Tweet:
https://twitter.com/ThomTillis/status/1204475626608087042


UNC:

Tell the UNC BOG to Withdraw Donation to Sons of Confederate Veterans:
Time is running out to post a public comment on the horrendous decision to give a $2.5 donation to the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with the statue itself. This was a massive “win” for the racist organization that will now claim ownership of a statue that was erected on UNC’s campus as an overt pro-segregationist statement. It’s important to note that UNC Chapel Hill is not to blame for this fiasco. Faculty, staff, students, and apparently even Chapel Hill administrators were not consulted. There is also evidence that some BOG members have received donations from Sons of Confederate Veterans members. Please send a message–loud and clear–that this is an abuse of the public’s trust and that the UNC system should not be subsidizing hate and discrimination.

Comment Portal:
https://www.northcarolina.edu/Board-Governors/UNC-Board-Governors-Public-Comment-Session

Here’s what I wrote:
I am incredibly disappointed by the BOG decision to donate $2.5 million to a racist and discriminatory organization such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Even the decision to give them the Silent Sam statue provides them with a moral victory and will allow them to control the narrative around this deliberately racist image.

By paying for the preservation of Silent Sam, you are also paying for the preservation of the values that it (not he) embodies. You are also sending the message that the voices of students, faculty, staff, and alumni matter less than 24 unelected officials who were chosen by the state legislature without any feedback from the governor or the public. Instead of wasting money supporting a pro-slavery emblem, you should be investing in students through scholarships.

Originally published on Indivisible Triangle.
Re-posted with permission.


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