Day of Action: No ACA Repeal or Medicaid Cuts to Give Corporations Tax Breaks!
The American public has repeatedly rejected Congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to slash Medicaid and Medicare, but right now the Senate is back at it with a bill that could result in about 13 million more uninsured people, raise premiums by 10% and deal a fatal blow to our whole health care system. Senate Republicans want to repeal a critical provision of the ACA in order to pay for the trillions of dollars in tax giveaways to the wealthiest 1% and big multi-national corporations like Wells Fargo, Apple, and Google. They want to jam their bill through Congress right after Thanksgiving, ensuring that millions of us will have much less to be grateful in the coming years. We have a very short time to stop this bill.
- The richest households and big multinational corporations that offshore profits and jobs will get a virtual cornucopia of tax breaks and perks on the House and Senate Republican tax bills. Over 70% of the tax breaks in each bill go to big corporations in the form of lower taxes on foreign profits, a lower corporate tax rate and other benefits.
- To pay for these big tax breaks for corporations, CEOs and shareholders, Republicans plan to carve up health care and public services that our families depend on every day. The Republican plan already calls for slashing $1 trillion from Medicaid, nearly $500 billion Medicare and, now, for repealing a key part of the ACA that would add 13 million people to the rolls of the uninsured.
- Repealing the ACA has already failed multiple times in Congress, but Senate Republicans have put it back on the menu in order to pay to a permanent tax reduction for corporation from 35% down to 20%. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that coverage losses under this proposal would raise the rate of uninsured people from 11% to 16%, increase premiums for about 7 million middle class people by about 10%, and lead to even more instability in insurance markets.
- Corporate tax giveaways will give high-income households and CEOs a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. The Tax Policy Center estimates that by 2027 these corporate tax cuts would provide a $14,890 tax break for households with incomes over $1 million and $94,540 for households in the top 0.1 percent (those with incomes over $3.1 million in 2017).
- While corporations and the wealthy will be gorging themselves on a veritable feast of tax cuts, the rest of us will have little to grateful for under these proposals. Middle-income families would get paltry leftovers—about $120–from these tax cuts in the Senate bill. Many middle class people will actually see their taxes increase because the plan will take away key deductions like the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT), key education and tuition deductions and exemptions, the medical expense deduction and many others that lower middle class families’ tax bills.
- Poor people, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income workers would lose the most under these proposals as Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, Pell Grants, housing, transportation and virtually every other service they depend on will be cut, starving our communities, families and neighbors, to pay for these massive tax giveaways.
As American families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, most don’t know that the Republicans are working on the most massive transfer of wealth we’ve seen in generations. Less than a month ago, only a quarter of the public knew anything about the bills. Republican Members of Congress are not hearing nearly enough outrage from constituents, emboldening them to add even more goodies to the tax giveaway basket.
On November 21st, Say “NO THANKS” to Republican’s Corporate Tax Giveaway
On November 21st, we must say “NO THANKS!” to the GOP’s fake tax reform proposal loudly enough for Republicans to hear us and we must do it where it counts: in the home districts. The Republican proposal will not stimulate the economy, create jobs or help middle class people keep more money in their pockets. Instead, this is more of the failed “trickle-down” economics that has brought us to record inequality in this country.
Basic Message for Events: Thanksgiving is a time when families reflect on their blessings and remember to be grateful for what they have, family, good health and opportunity. The GOP proposal to repeal a portion of the ACA, and cut Medicaid and public services to give tax breaks to the rich and corporations would dismantle all of these for working families and the middle class.
Senators and Representatives must say “No, Thanks!” to ACA repeal and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to pay for permanent tax breaks for the rich and corporations.
Goals for Day of Action Events and Activities: On November 21, we need to generate significant press coverage in order to alert the public about what’s about to happen on taxes and healthcare. Republicans and Senators must hear from people in their districts the kind of outrage in reaction to these proposals that they saw on earlier repeal bills.
- Organize large-scale activity that educates the public about what’s at stake and visibly demonstrates to lawmaker’s significant opposition and anger about these proposals.
- Influence the public narrative about what these proposals really mean for average Americans, who will benefit, who will suffer and who’s responsible through significant earned media coverage of events.
- Elevate the stories of real people who will be harmed and credible messengers who can influence the public and lawmakers.
- Delivery events: Deliver a cornucopia or basket to your member filled with corporate logos, checks for millionaires and fake money to highlight who’s really celebrating this Thanksgiving. You can also deliver a Thanksgiving card listing the tax breaks that corporations and the rich can be grateful for under this bill.
- Events at Food Pantries, Shelters, Nursing Homes or other service providers: These tax breaks mean service cuts so holding an event at an iconic location can help convey what’s at stake for people in your communities. The events should feature directly impacted people as well as “experts” who can talk about broader impacts on this constituency. Experts can include doctors, teachers, local elected or state elected officials, academics and others.
- Clergy-Led or Congregation Events: Hold a vigil, procession, march, prayer services or other religious themed events that condemns the reverse morality of giving more money to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the most vulnerable Americans. Clergy can be powerful messengers in these events and elevate scriptural teachings from a variety of traditions to challenge these policies and help the public understand what’s at stake.
- Use Thanksgiving themes and visuals to organize direct actions, demonstrations & rallies that include elements of street theater to convey your theme: Hold a larger-scale event that directly confronts a targeted Member of Congress and challenges him/her to reject a budget that hurts constituents to give tax breaks to the rich. These events can be held in front of MOC offices, at MOC homes, outside a venue (like a fundraiser) where the Member is speaking, or at a symbolic location in the district (i.e. a company that has shut down and offshored jobs). These events can also feature deliveries (petition signatures, paystubs, checks for millionaires, etc.)
- Pumpkin Pie charts that show most of the pie (75%) will go to big corporations and wealthy individuals.
- Stage a Thanksgiving meal with a Cornucopia of corporate tax breaks on the table to demonstrate the amount of tax giveaways to multinational corporations.
- Dress Up as Trillionaires and thank Trump and Republicans for Tax Cuts in an action an action outside a MOC office or other iconic location.
Support/Materials For Your Activities:
ATF in partnership with Health Care for America Now will provide the materials and support for successful actions including:
- Template press materials like advisories and releases as well as help with customizing, pitching and follow up with the media.
- Talking points, data, research, and information about the impact of these proposals on your local area and state.
- Social media content including infographics, Facebook and Twitter content.