October 26, 2017 The Call – #ACA #NoACARepeal #ProtectOurCare Since the failure of Graham-Cassidy, Trump has followed through on his threat to sabotage the ACA by withholding needed “CSR” subsidies and slashing enrollment outreach, causing skyrocketing premiums, faltering exchanges and counties with no insurer. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have negotiated a bipartisan compromise that would stabilize the exchanges and provide some flexibility to states, while preserving full protections for pre-existing conditions. The CBO score for the Alexander-Murray compromise was released Wednesday and it is a home run, lowering the deficit and lowering premiums without cutting the number of people insured. Virtually every constituency supports the Alexander-Murray compromise. Trump has given mixed signals as to whether he would sign Alexander-Murray and has proposed changes that would gut the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Because of Trump’s lack of clarity on Alexander-Murray, Republicans are hesitating to bring it to the floor, although there is a very good chance it would pass in the Senate and House if brought to a vote. The Alexander-Murray bill is clearly a win/win for consumers, lowering the deficit without reduction in the number insured. It is also the last, best chance to preserve the ACA from being destroyed by Trump’s sabotage. Congress must be pressed to do the right thing for the American people. Your Action Call your members of Congress and urge them to support the Alexander-Murray bipartisan ACA compromise, and to ensure leadership brings it to the floor. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
The sabotage of the ACA is outrageous, especially when the Alexander-Murray bipartisan compromise offers a good solution to stabilize the exchanges while reducing the budget deficit.
The CBO score shows Alexander-Murray is not an insurance company bail-out, but saves the government money while covering as many people as before.
The “guardrails” in Alexander-Murray protecting people with pre-existing conditions from higher rates or caps need to be preserved.
I urge [Sen/Rep____] to support the Alexander-Murray bill and ensure leadership brings it to the floor.