Calling Senators

National Day of Remembrance and Hope - Oct 20
Call your Senators and Congresspersons!

Harvard University recently released a report that nearly 45,000 people die each year - one every twelve minutes - because they cannot get needed health care.  As people of faith, our moral and spiritual traditions call us to speak on behalf of these almost-forgotten ones who are suffering and dying from lack of health care. 
 
Faithful Reform in Health Care and its member organizations, including the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will remember those who have died during the National Day of Remembrance and Hope on Tuesday, October 20. 

That day we will have the opportunity to join with other advocates in a massive nationwide call-in day.  This is our opportunity to take action in hopeful expectation for comprehensive and compassionate health care reform.

Please set aside just a few minutes on Tuesday to make 3 calls using a special toll-free number (1-888-797-8717):  one to each of your Senators and one to your Representative - and ask your family, friends, and colleagues to make calls as well.  (If you are unable to make your calls that day, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121)
 
If you are new to making these calls, just follow the simple steps below and adapt the sample messages with your own words.

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Tips for a successful phone call:
  1. Dial the toll-free number 1-888-797-8717.  (Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 if you are unable to make your calls on Oct. 20.)
  2. Once you are connected with the Capitol Switchboard, ask for the offices of your Senators or Representative by name. 
  3. Once you are connected with the office, ask to speak with the health care staffer.

Sample message:

Introduction:  Hello, my name is ________________.  I am a member of [name of your congregation/organization] in [city, state].

Short message:  I am calling Senator/Representative __________ because it is morally unacceptable that one person in this country dies every 12 minutes from lack of health insurance.  I urge the Senator/Representative to do all he/she can to enact health care reform this year.  [If you already know he/she is supportive, acknowledge that!] Thank you!

Longer message:   If the opportunity presents itself, pick ONE statement from below and add it to your message, based on what values are important to you, or what you know about the Senator's/Representative's views.

I believe that:

  • Health care is a shared responsibility that is grounded in our common humanity.  I urge Senator/Representative _________to support legislation that demonstrates our care for one another, promotes human dignity, and shows compassion by protecting those who are most vulnerable. 
  • Humanity is sacred.  I urge Senator/Representative __________to support health care legislation that contributes to our health and wholeness, so that we can live out our fullest potential as individuals and as contributing members of society.
  • We are blessed with the abundant resources necessary to meet each other's needs.  I urge Senator/Representative __________to promote legislation that demonstrates good stewardship and distributes our health care resources effectively, efficiently, and fairly.

Further, I urge the Senator/Representative to [add a particular policy provision that is important to you].

Thank you!

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This toll-free number was made possible with support from the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in collaboration with Faithful Reform in Health Care.

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