Nearly a month after House Republicans passed their ACA repeal, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has now released its score. That means we finally know how harmful the TrumpCare bill actually is. And it isn’t pretty: 23 million Americans will lose their coverage, people with pre-existing conditions will find insurance unaffordable, and some elderly Americans will face premium increases of 950 percent. Then why did Republicans pass a bill that would directly harm their constituents? Because Donald Trump asked them to.

In other words, if your Representative voted for TrumpCare (to Repeal the ACA), they voted in the interest of Donald Trump and against you. Here are a few sample town hall questions to hold them accountable.

  1. I’m angry that you voted for TrumpCare. By doing so, you voted to take away health care from 23 million people, including thousands in your district. No matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act, this is not a solution. Taking away health care from millions is not the answer. As your constituent, I want to know why you voted for this bill.
     
  2. It is unacceptable that you would vote for TrumpCare. As someone with [OR a family member/friend/colleague/neighbor with] a pre-existing condition, I am deeply troubled that you would eliminate the guarantee that keeps insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care [elaborate on the condition, if comfortable]. As your constituent, I want to know why you would choose to support a bill that would harm your constituents if passed.
     
  3. On May 4, you voted to take away health care from thousands of your own constituents. I want to know whether you even know how many constituents are at risk of losing their coverage. Do you? And, do you know how many people in your district have pre-existing conditions?
     
    1. [If they don’t know a SPECIFIC numbers] I can’t believe that you would vote for a bill when you don’t know its impacts. I didn’t vote to hurt Americans but I know how many people will be harmed. In our district alone, approximately [X] number of people would lose their coverage, and there are [X] number of people in your district with pre-existing conditions. Your vote is shameful and I will remember it.
       
    2. [If they know specific numbers, or lie about how many will be affected] Independent experts believe that approximately [X] number of people will lose coverage in your district. And, there are [X] number of people in your district with pre-existing conditions. Your job is to defend the interests of your constituents —not to give Donald Trump political points. I will remember your vote.
       
  4. There are a lot of things that Republicans and Democrats disagree on. But one thing that I think we can all agree on is that we need to protect our most vulnerable community members. TrumpCare would massively cut funding for Medicaid, by more than $800 billion. Half of Medicaid beneficiaries are children, which means your vote is a vote against children. Half of all births in the US are paid for by Medicaid, which means your vote is a vote against new mothers and infants. As your constituent, I want to know why you would risk the health and safety of children and families.
     
  5. There are a lot of things that Republicans and Democrats disagree on. But one thing that I think we can all agree on is that we need to protect our children, especially those with special needs. TrumpCare would cut Medicaid funding for special education in schools, putting kids with special needs at risk. As your constituent, I want to know why you would risk the health and safety of our most vulnerable children.
     
  6. I know the ACA isn’t perfect, but your vote will could cause millions of people, including older Americans, to pay more. Premiums for older Americans will skyrocket. The CBO has found that a person who is 64 years old could see premiums increase as much as 950 percent. Can you explain why you would vote to harm older Americans? As your constituent, I want you to justify your vote. 
     
  7. I’m extremely disappointed by how quickly Republicans threw together TrumpCare. Republicans rammed TrumpCare through Congress in less than 24 hours, without giving Members enough time to even review the final bill or fully consider its implications. Some Members even admitted they didn’t read TrumpCare before voting for it. It received no hearings. The flawed process used to pass TrumpCare in the House is undemocratic and unethical. As your constituent, I want to know why you voted for a bill that that did not follow a transparent process. Do you think this process is the best thing for the American people? And is this the way Congress should work?
     
  8. Republican leadership pushed a vote on TrumpCare without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and yet you voted for it. CBO is a nonpartisan institution that is respected by both parties for its impartial analysis, and functions as a congressional referee. Now that have a score, we finally know how terrible this bill will actually be. But you didn’t have this information when you voted for it. Why did you vote for a bill without first knowing how it would impact your constituents?
     
  9. Not a single group representing health care stakeholders supported this bill. Groups representing patients, medical researchers, hospitals, doctors and insurance companies all expressed deep concerns. Why would you support a piece of legislation so universally opposed by those who would be most affected?