Call of the Day: Push Back On The Senate Health Care Bill

After weeks of secret negotiations and backroom deals, the Senate unveiled its version of the TrumpCare health care bill yesterday, and it isn't pretty.

According to the WaPo and other sources, the draft current as of Wednesday afternoon:

⦁    The individual mandate is gone.

⦁    So are almost all of the taxes on the wealthy that were put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka ObamaCare). 

⦁    The subsidies that help households purchase insurance, which were put in place by the ACA, would remain, but they would become stingier.  Under the ACA, Americans can receive tax credits it they earn up to 400 percent above the poverty line.  In the Senate version, that threshold becomes 350 percent.

⦁    The Medicaid expansion would still be rolled back, though more gradually than the House version.  The cuts to Medicaid would be even bigger long-term, however, as the bill would cap per-patient spending and increase funding more slowly each year than the House version.

⦁    States will be allowed to waive essential health benefits coverage (like prescription drug coverage or pregnancy care), but not coverage for pre-existing conditions.

⦁    The Senate bill would kill funding for Planned Parenthood… while at the same time keeping the option open for the government to subsidize private insurance that covers abortion.

Yeah.  It's bad.  And worst of all – premiums will still rise.  According to Topher Spiro, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, the average deductible for silver plans for families would rise from $7,474 to $10,464 under the Senate plan.

This is outrageous.  None of this even comes close to passing the "Jimmy Kimmel" test.  So let Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator John Kennedy know how you feel.  Even if you've called before, call again.  You are stepping up so much.  Please don't stop now. 

WHO TO CALL:

Senator Cassidy and Sen. Kennedy

Senator. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130

Senator John Kennedy: DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script-


Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response.

I'm calling because I read the details about the Senate's health care bill that have been released thus far, and I'm horrified by what this bill contains, especially the fact that [PICK ONE OR MORE]:

⦁    Fewer people will be able to qualify for tax credits to purchase insurance. 
⦁    The Medicaid expansion will still be rolled back. 
⦁    States can still waive essential health benefits coverage. 
⦁    The bill would kill funding for Planned Parenthood. 
⦁    Premiums would still rise.

I fail to see how this fixes any problems or even passes the so-called "Jimmy Kimmel Test".  This is not what the Senator promised us, and I want him to vote no on this bill. 

Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.