Yesterday, Senator Bill Cassidy, along with many other Republican Senators, met with the White House about the effort to repeal and replace the ACA.
After that meeting, he commented to the press that he didn't want to see a health care plan that would allow insurance companies to cut essential health benefits like maternity leave and prenatal care because, and I quote, "As best I can tell, women don't get pregnant without sperm." (Source: The Hill)
Senator Cassidy's common-sense remark comes as a stinging rebuke to several of his colleagues, such as Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who've complained that the ACA forces men to purchase prenatal care coverage that they don't need.
This is good! Essential health benefits coverage is one of the things that the GOP wants to take away in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)
So tell Senator Cassidy (and Kennedy) that you support his stance, and that you want him to stand firm on it – vote NO on any plan that would cut essential health benefits like maternity care.
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 because I heard the Senator tell reporters yesterday that he didn't want to see a health care plan that would allow insurers to cut essential health benefits like maternity leave and prenatal care. I wanted to commend him for his common-sense stance, and to urge him to vote NO on the BCRA, which as it stands would cut these essential health benefits.
Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.