In Protest to GOP Health Bill, Constituents Hold Speak-Outs at Senate Offices Nationwide

Media Advisory For: Friday, June 23, 2017
Contact: Yasmina Dardari | | 407-922-8149

FRIDAY: In Protest to Republican Health Care Repeal Bill, Constituents to Hold Speak-Outs at Senate Offices Nationwide; Warn Republican Senators That the Legislation Will Cause a National Health Care Crisis

UltraViolet Members Speak-Out in Maine, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Arizona and Colorado Urging Republican Senators to Oppose the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Following the release of the Senate health care repeal bill this week, local members of UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy group, will hold in-state speak-outs at Senate offices in Maine, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Arizona and Colorado to push Sen. Collins (R-ME), Sen. Isakson (R-GA), Sen. Toomey (R-PA), Sen. Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Gardner (R-CO) to oppose the Republican health care plan that would be the beginning of a national health care crisis – devastating the American health care landscape, eviscerating reproductive health care services for women, and kicking more than 23 million people off of their health insurance. The speak-outs will happen on Friday, June 23rd, at in-district Senate offices around the country.

On Thursday, June 22nd, the long-awaited text of the Senate health care repeal bill—legislation devised in secret by 13 male GOP members—was revealed. It will give massive tax breaks to the rich, strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood clinics and make even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill.

Where: Sen. Collins’ Office, 40 Western Ave — Corner of Western Av & Sewall St, Augusta, ME
When: Friday, June 23rd at 1:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Leah Postman,, 207-395-5362

Where: Sen. Isakson’s Office, 3625 Cumberland Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
When: Friday, June 23rd at 12:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Anita Tucker,, 678-557-6200

Where: Sen. Toomey’s office, 310 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
When: Friday, June 23rd at 12:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Marlene McNaughton,, 412-537-7333

Where: Sen. Cotton’s office, 1401 W Capitol Ave suite #235, Little Rock, AR 72201
When: Friday, June 23rd, 11:00am to 2:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Terrie Root,, 501-960-6710
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Where: Senator Flake’s Office, 2200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
When: Friday, June 23rd, 10:00am to 1:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Christy Love,, 509-589-0705
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Where: Skyline Park (across the street from Gardner’s office), 1125 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
When: Friday, June 23rd, 11:00am to 12:00pm (local time)
Local contact: Katie Farnan,, 330-327-4920
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Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, explained:

“We now know why Senate Republicans kept their health care repeal bill secretive for so long: The bill is crueler than we could have ever imagined, and will make healthcare worse for everyone. It raises costs, cuts coverage, weakens protections, and practically ends Medicaid as we know it.

“These devastating cuts would hit women—especially women of color—the hardest by eliminating guaranteed coverage for live-saving cervical and breast cancer screenings, abolishing comprehensive maternity care and domestic violence screenings, defunding Planned Parenthood, and making it harder for women to access birth control and emergency contraception.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a secretive Republican plan—one devised behind closed doors and without the input of a single woman at the table—isn’t a solution, it’s an assault on our very lives and the makings of a severe national health care crisis.

“Women across the country oppose the Republicans’ extremist healthcare agenda—and we will not rest until it is defeated. We simply will not allow GOP Senators to betray us and our families.”

Read stories from UltraViolet members who rely on the Affordable Care Act for health insurance coverage here: Each poster is available to talk to media about their stories.

For more information, or to speak with a member of UltraViolet, please contact Yasmina Dardari at 407-922-8149 or by email at

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