Good news, folks: Tuesday afternoon, Senator Mitch McConnell announced that he would delay a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, aka TrumpCare) until after the July 4 Congressional recess.
Make no mistake – this is good news. The more time this bill takes to pass, the more sunlight shines on all its terrible provisions, and the more time there is for public opinion to be swayed against it (and this is already an historically unpopular bill). This delay would not have happened without YOU – you made this happen with your calls, your emails, and your persistent presence at town halls, rallies, and of course, Senator Cassidy's local office.
But a delay does not mean the bill is dead. It means that this recess will determine whether the bill dies once and for all, or whether it gets a second life, a la AHCA. So we have to keep the pressure up.
As a reminder of what's still at stake:
- 22 million Americans would lose their healthcare coverage, including 15 million Medicaid patients alone… all to give $700 billions in tax breaks to corporations and the ultra-rich.
- Out-of-pocket costs would increase for ALL Americans, and coverage would be skimpier than under the ACA. For someone at the poverty level, the deductible could be as high as HALF their annual income.
- TrumpCare would allow states to opt-out of critical consumer protections that ensure insurance covers vital services, meaning insurance companies can once again charge for those with pre-existing conditions.
If this bill passes, then In Louisiana, an estimated 188,800 people will lose their Medicaid coverage, 154,200 will lose their individual market coverage, and in total, 343,000 people stand to be without health insurance. (Center for American Progress)
Our Senators still have not taken a stand—even Cassidy, who has repeatedly expressed "concerns" over the bill (The Advocate). So we need to keep pressing him (and Kennedy) to make a stand against this terrible bill, and be our healthcare hero.
WHO TO CALL:
Senator Cassidy and Sen. Kennedy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
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 (adapted from The Indivisible Guide):
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 to tell the Senator to vote NO on the BCRA. This bill will cause over 300,000 people in Louisiana to lose their coverage, reduce coverage options for all Americans, destroy the Medicaid program, and leave Americans paying more for less. This does NOT pass the Jimmy Kimmel test!
I also want the Senator to know the damage this bill would do to me and my family personally [SHARE YOUR STORY].
I expect 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.