Barriers to Action

May 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Yesterday, we told you about opportunities to take action on health care at the offices of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker in Nashville.

Today, as groups of citizens went to visit Senate staffers to express support for access to affordable healthcare, they were greeted with barriers to entry:

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Senators Alexander and Corker have their offices at a private office building in Nashville, rather than the public federal building.

While those with scheduled appointments were able to get in for meetings, the message was clear: Access to our elected representatives is restricted.

Nevertheless, we will persist with direct contact, appointments, and other expressions of support for access to affordable health care.

If you’d like to call our Senators, here are their numbers:

Let staff answering the phone know that you are a Tennessee voter and that you consider this an urgent matter.  Please also ask staff to have the Senator get back with you to explain their positions, and please be persistent!

Lamar Alexander: Bob Corker:
Washington DC: 202.224.4944 Washington DC: 202.224.3344
Nashville: 615.736.5129 Nashville: 615.279.8125
Chattanooga: 423.752.5337 Chattanooga: 423.756.2757
Jackson: 731.664.0289 Jackson: 731.664.2294
Knoxville: 865.545.4253 Knoxville: 865.637.4180
Memphis: 901.544.4224 Memphis: 901.683.1910
Tri-Cities: 423.325.6240 Tri-Cities: 423.753.2263

For more on how you can join the fight for access to affordable healthcare, follow @TNCitizenAction



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2 Responses to “Barriers to Action”
  1. Thank you for the information. I too have encountered many barriers to my attempts to speak to Senators Alexander and Corker -though Corker employs far more polite and helpful aides. Thank you for all you do. DO YOU THINK IT IS TIME TO ATTEMPT TO ORGANIZE A MARCH IN WASHINGTON? I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THAT IT HAS WORKED IN THE PAST. All this electronic communication is great as far as it goes. It does inform people. It does draw attention to serious problems. But I’m wondering if an actual show of faces in Washington might be more effective. We can’t be barred from D.C. Unlike the past, I don’t think thousands of sick people, people in wheelchairs, people with canes, etc. would be beaten away from the area.

  2. Andy Spears says:

    Certainly, taking this to the next level could earn an audience. I’ll be in touch with other groups from around the country and see what is being planned.
    In the meantime, keep up the calls, letters, and faxes – thank you for your persistence!

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