September 19, 2017 The Call: #ProtectOurCare #GrahamCassidy #SaveACA The Republicans have until September 30th to repeal and replace Obamacare with 51 votes. If a plan is approved, it will go the House for a vote before that date. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced their last ditch attempt at repeal last week and it is gaining momentum. The bill is even worse than the last Trumpcare, slashing Medicaid and ending federal subsidies for premiums. The bill also gives states the authority to allow insurers to charge prohibitive premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. In trying to beat the September 30th deadline to repeal the ACA with only 51 votes, Republicans would have to vote with only a preliminary CBO score, with no estimates of how many will lose coverage, premiums or effect on the deficit. To address concerns about “regular process” raised by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the Senate Republicans have scheduled a sham hearing before the Homeland Security committee, which has nothing to do with healthcare. It is important to contact both your House member as, if the Senate passes the bill, it is expected the House will be asked to pass it “as is” before the September 30th deadline. Some Republican representatives who voted for the first Trumpcare bill have serious concerns about Graham-Cassidy. We need an overwhelming number of calls, letters and pressure on our members of Congress to defeat Trumpcare once and for all. The bill is a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. Voting on the bill without a full CBO score and full hearing is reckless. Instead, Congress should pass a bipartisan bill to stabilize the exchanges and repair the ACA. Your Action Call and write to your three members of Congress and tell them to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal and replace bill and to support the bipartisan effort to stabilize the ACA exchanges. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
[IMPORTANT] Describe how the repeal of the ACA would personally impact you, your friends or family.
[Democrat MoC’s] The Graham-Cassidy bill is a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans. Please use every tactic available to defeat the bill.
[Republican MoC’s] Graham-Cassidy is even worse than the BCRA. It destroys Medicaid as we know it, guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions and is a potential death sentence for sick and vulnerable Americans.
[Republican MoC’s] It is reckless and immoral to ram through such profound changes without regular process and a full CBO score. It is wrong for America and its values.
It’s time to support a bipartisan effort to stabilize the ACA exchanges and mandate outreach in order to prevent spikes in premiums and lapses in coverage.