Hello, my name is [your name] and I'm a voter in Tennessee.
(wait for reply)
We cannot solve the economic crisis without first addressing the health crisis that created it.
Physical separation policies like the stay-at-home order are slowing the spread of Covid-19 and are mitigating the strain on hospitals, health care workers, medical supplies health workers need to keep people safe. These measures are helping protect lives and the economy from a far worse outcome. What do you think will happen to our economy when employers become responsible for employees or customers getting sick, or worse, dying because health protections were rolled-back too soon, against the advice of health experts?
Covid-19 is five times more infectious than the flu. It is proven to travel asymptomatically in many people, showing no symptoms, for weeks. The death rate is nearly 10 times that of the normal flu and unlike the flu, there is currently no treatment, no vaccine, and no defense - except physical separation of people.
Before reopening our economy the health experts have said you must first use the power, resources, and scale of the government you are responsible for leading to ensure we have:
rapid contact tracing and isolation of cases that break chains of transmission when they are discovered.
regular, routine, and rapid testing (because a test today only shows whether you are infected today, and that does nothing to determine whether you get infected tomorrow at work). Only regular, routine testing will solve this problem.
protection for first responders and health care workers from infection (because as they become infected, and quarantined, there are fewer health care workers to save lives in our communities).
We should not roll back health protections until we have first addressed the health crisis.
[optional: share why it's important to you personally that the State focus on expanding health coverage right now]
Will Gov. Lee commit to only rolling back health protections once you've first addressed the health crisis so that we can reopen our economy, safely?
(wait for a response, ask them 'why' and tell us what they say on the form at the right!)
Gave your name, let them know you're a constituent
Let them know you're calling to ask that the Governor ask for federal approval for flexibility on medicaid
Share why it's important to you that our state expand health coverage right now
Share a personal story about the importance of health coverage
Ask if you can count on the Governor to take this action, why or why not. (take notes)
Share what you learn with us!
How did the call go?
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