No, don’t call Bart Stupak unless you live in upper Michigan. If you do, give him some positive feedback for taking baby steps in the right direction.
Phone your own Rep instead. We need to know who might have promised Stupak to help kill health care without his medieval amendment. Even if you’re busy, even if you have never phoned before, please take the time if your Rep is on the TPM list of Stupak’s most likely recruits:
Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) (202) 225-7742
Jerry Costello (D-IL) (202) 225-5661
James Oberstar (D-MN) (202) 225-6211
Steve Driehaus (D-OH) (202) 225-2216
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) (202) 225-4146
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) (202) 225-6511
Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-PA) (202) 225-5406
Joe Donnelly (D-IN) (202) 225-3915
Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) (202) 225-4636
Dan Lipinski (D-IL) (202) 225-5701
Charlie Wilson (D-OH) (202) 225-5705
Jason Altmire (D-PA) is also a critical target. (202) 225-2565
That doesn’t mean the rest of you should sit the day out. Ask every Congressperson where he or she stands on the current Senate bill. Encourage him or her to vote YES, and tell them that you also phoned your Senators to keep pressure up for reconciliation (also, do that). Tell Progressives like Raul Grijalva to stop playing John Boehner’s chump. We can improve health care if it gets passed today, or we can let Republicans win and their Congressional majority will find ways to make a bad system worse.
Regarding abortion, ask your Representative whether it bothers them that young women in their district can’t afford health care. Pregnancy complications go especially badly when a mother delays medical attention, like uninsured people do all the time. Does your Representative want those unborn deaths on his or her conscience? Let their staffers know you and your church group cannot wait to write local papers to make that point.
Congress will probably vote this week or next week at the latest. Whether your Rep supports reform or not, pick up the phone and give a shot of confidence.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
Guide for first-timers here.