Action Alert: National Call-in Day on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Barrett

October 9, 2020

The voices of constituents from every state are needed to encourage the Senate to vote no on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court!

On Monday, October 12th, the disability community is coordinating a national call-in day to voice our opposition to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court due to her record of hostility toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has greatly improved the lives of people with disabilities and their families by securing crucial healthcare access and protections from healthcare discrimination. Judge Barrett's past statements have given us every reason to believe that, if confirmed, she would vote to strike down the ACA. With her confirmation hearings beginning the 12th  and a vote planned for the end of the month, it is important that we make our voices heard now

Take action today!

  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty)
    and ask to be connected to your Senator.
  • You can use this easy tool to find your Senators, including local office numbers.

What to say:

Hello, this is [name]. I'm a resident of [town, state]. I am calling to ask [Senator's name] to oppose the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. As a [person with a disability or family member/friend/co-worker of a person with a disability], I am worried that Judge Barrett's statements on the Affordable Care Act mean that, if confirmed, she would vote to overturn the ACA. Millions of Americans with disabilities rely on the ACA to protect our right to healthcare. If the ACA is overturned, especially during a pandemic, millions of lives could be at risk. 

I ask you to vote no to Judge Barrett and pass on my concerns to the Judiciary Committee.

Thank you!

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and zip code to ensure your call is tallied]

Email

You can contact your Senators via email in two ways: 

  • Emailing the office's general email. Find your Senators' emails here, or by looking on their office websites.
  • Emailing the staff member that handles disability or health policy directly will have the greatest impact. If you need assistance finding that email, please send a request for help to [email protected] or [email protected]

Sample email to customize:

Hello, this is [Name]. I'm a resident of [Town, State]. 

I am writing to ask [Senator's name] to oppose the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. As a [person with a disability or family member/friend/co-worker of a person with a disability], I am worried that Judge Barrett's statements on the Affordable Care Act mean that, if confirmed, she would vote to overturn the ACA. Millions of Americans with disabilities rely on the ACA to protect our right to healthcare. If the ACA is overturned, especially during a pandemic, millions of lives could be at risk. 

I ask you to vote no to Judge Barrett and pass on my concerns to the Judiciary Committee.

Thank you,

[Please leave your full name, full street address, and zip code]

Tweet your Senators:

How to contact:

  • You can find the Twitter handle for your Senators by typing their names into the 'search' box.
  • What to say:
    • [Your Senator's Twitter Handle] vote no to Judge #ACB b/c my life depends on the #ACA #WhatsAtStake 
    • [Your Senator's Twitter Handle] vote no to Judge #ACB. The health of millions of Americans with disabilities are #whatsatstake
    • [Your Senator's Twitter Handle] vote no to Judge #ACB and protect my healthcare rights as a #PWD #whatsatstake

What to say:

  •  AUCD's statement opposing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • A synopsis of Judge Barrett's record on issues affecting people with disabilities from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
  • Judge Barrett has a history of comments on the constitutionality of the ACA:
  •  A 2017 journal article criticizing Chief Justice Roberts' previous ruling 
  •   Radio interview disagreeing with Supreme Court decision to uphold ACA


Background:

  • AUCD's statement opposing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States
  • A synopsis of Judge Barrett's record on issues affecting people with disabilities from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
  • Judge Barrett has a history of comments on the constitutionality of the ACA:
  • A 2017 journal article criticizing Chief Justice Roberts' previous ruling
  • Radio interview disagreeing with Supreme Court decision to uphold ACA

TIPS

  • Include your full address at the end of emails and calls to ensure they are tallied by the office.
  • You can and should include a personal connection to the Affordable Care Act and/or the disability community in your call, email, or tweet if you are comfortable with it.
    • For more guidance on how to share your personal story with your members of Congress, see these examples
  • Reach out and ask others to join you in calling and emailing! 
Additional details can be found on the Facebook event page