This is one that you may have seen before, but with some additional information. Paul Ryan has been taking a phone poll regarding the ACA (Obamacare) for a few months now. To access it, you can call either (202) 225-3031 or (202) 225-0600. You choose option 2, listen to a ridiculous, incomplete and misleading statement from Ryan about the ACA and after a pause can choose to press 1 to indicate that you support the ACA. You are then given the option of leaving a brief message.
I have heard rumors that Ryan is no longer taking any phone calls. People are saying that no human is answering and that instead of being given the option to leave a message, callers are simply disconnected. I do know that Ryan sent 6 security guards to turn away activists trying to deliver signed petitions to him asking not to defund Planned Parenthood. There’s now a sign on his door saying that only people with scheduled appointments will be allowed to enter the door of his office.
However, when I called the numbers above, the first one simply told me that the mailbox was full and to call later. The second number worked, although I didn’t attempt to leave a message. I also called his Janesville WI office (608-752-4050), but it’s a holiday so I got the standard message saying that the office was closed and offering voicemail. It could be different tomorrow, but it appears that at least some calls are getting through. Although for the last couple of months, legislative staffers have been saying that voice mail has been filling up as fast as they can empty it. (Yay!)
So for today’s simple act of resistance, you have a few options:
- You can call (202) 225-0600 and take the poll indicating support of the ACA.
- You can call one of Paul Ryan’s offices and leave a message expressing your support for the ACA. (Be brief, be polite, do not make threats, share a brief synopsis of your story if you have one, do not call repeatedly or call every number.) The numbers for his offices are:
Washington DC: (202) 225-3031
Janesville WI: (608) 752-4050
Kenosha WI: (262) 654-1901
Racine WI: (262) 637-0510
3. If you are unable to get through, the mailboxes are full, you have a severe phone phobia or you just want to be a pain in the ass and make sure he gets the message, you can also send a postcard with a brief message to his home address:
700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE.
JANESVILLE, WI 53545
So, there’s your simply act of resistance for today. Get to work and pass it on!