They marched for women and science. Now they’re organizing against the GOP health care bill.

Garance Franke-Ruta
Senior Politics Editor
Protesters’ signs are left near the White House during the Women’s March on Washington in January. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

THE MARCHES VS. THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL. In the olden days, marches on Washington were one-and-done affairs that ended with memories and photos and long, exhausting bus rides home after getting too much sun.

Today, thanks to the no-longer-that-new digital technologies used to organize them, each march ends with a huge database of attendees’ email addresses — and that creates an incentive to turn each march into a movement, or at least an ongoing organization that keeps emailing people.

That was the case with the Women’s March, now an advocacy group that has continued organizing and emailing march attendees, more than five months since the event itself took place. It was the same for the Tax March, which made common cause with the March for Truth, calling for getting to the bottom of Trump’s ties to Russia. On Thursday it launched an effort with Stand Up America to email ideas to Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch. Hatch had requested “the best possible advice and insight from experts and stakeholders’ on upcoming efforts to overhaul the tax code,” the group noted.

And it is the same for the March for Science, which on Friday sent out its second major appeal of June, making the case for opposition to the Senate Republicans’ health care bill.

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“You’ve probably seen the news coming out of Washington: Senate leaders say they will rush a vote on a health care bill when they come back from the July 4th recess. But their health care bill has been written without sufficient input from medical professionals, patient advocates or other groups with deep expertise in public health and medicine. It shows,” the group emailed supporters, pointing out that the Congressional Budget Office had estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the bill were signed into law.

“It doesn’t take a scientist to know that this would seriously harm many Americans, and of course, we’ve got evidence to back that statement up.”

March for Science co-chair Caroline Weinberg told Yahoo News, “The decision to mobilize our supporters around health care was made after extensive conversations with national and satellite organizers. In the end, we decided, as a movement, to take a stand against a proposed bill that ignores scientific research around health insurance and was developed without significant input from the major medical and health groups.”

The list of emails is maintained by the national organization, but, “moving forward, we plan to work with satellites to craft targeted emails to science advocates in their cities, ensuring that local advocacy is as central to the movement’s future as our national efforts,” she said.

After months of asking women to do nonelectoral political work, like having difficult conversations with each other on intersectional topics, the Women’s March sent out a blast on Wednesday, asking those on its email list to act on health care during the July 4 recess.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay the vote on health care until after the July 4 recess thanks to the demands and pressures of the people. While a delay on the vote is a small victory, now is not the time to be complacent. It’s time to crank up the outrage and tell all Senators to vote NO on the AHCA.”

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The group asked supporters to share #HowTheACASavedMyLife stories on Twitter and to download the Indivisible Toolkit against “Trumpcare.”

TRUMP HOTEL ART. Washington-area artist Robin Bell again projected his light art on the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. Thursday, this time targeting the partial implementation of the administration’s executive order barring people from six predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY. Only two Republican senators who’ve raised doubts about their support for the health care bill will be holding town halls during the July 4 recess. Many others will be attending July 4 parades, however, where they may encounter signs that read, “Trumpcare Is Unpatriotic,” among other acts of protest.


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