NO on Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Ms. Verma is clearly aligned with the Republicans’ mission to cut Health Care benefits for all Americans and privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
For Senators Feinstein and Harris: (DC switchboard (202) 224-3121, other #’s below.)
Script: Hi my name is ____, I am a constituent of Sen. [______] and I am calling to urge you to vote “NO” on the confirmation of Seema Verma for CMS Administrator. Not only does she not have the experience to run CMS, she holds extreme positions that would reduce coverage for millions of Americans, increase costs for women and destroy the medical safety net for the poor.
Feinstein Contacts: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Harris Contacts: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
More about Seema Verma:
Seema Verna wins senate panel approval, goes to vote: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/321999-nominee-for-medicaid-and-medicare-chief-wins-senate-panel-approval
She will shift more costs to poor and low-income Medicaid enrollees: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/seema-vermas-vision-for-medicaid/517077/
She does not think that health care policies should be required to support maternity coverage: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-verma-maternity-20170224-story.html
As “45” fills his cabinets with Members of Congress, their vacated seats come up for grabs, providing Democrats a critical opportunity. Two such special elections are taking place in Georgia and Kansas.
Do you have friends or family in those states? If so, are they members of a local Indivisible Group? Would you be willing to tell them about what we are doing and point them to indivisibleguide.com, where they may locate the group nearest them? Other ideas include donating to these campaigns and volunteering in other ways.
Jon Ossof – Georgia: to fill GOP Rep Tom Price’s seat, who resigned to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services, aka, the man who will lead the repeal of the ACA. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dkendorsesjonossoff
James Thompson – Kansas: to fill GOP Rep Mike Pompeo’s seat, who is now the Director of the CIA: http://www.votejamesthompson.com/