Good news: The repeal-only version of TrumpCare, which Senator McConnell revived in the wake of the death of the repeal-and-replace BCRA, is effectively dead.
… Or is it?
Apparently Senator McConnell still plans to force a vote on the 2015 repeal-only bill, which would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act without anything to replace it. This is in spite of the fact that three Republican Senators – all women, by the way – have announced they would vote no.
Senator Kennedy has already said that he would vote for the repeal-only bill, but Senator Cassidy has been playing coy, refusing to answer multiple journalists about whether or not he'd vote for the bill. Remember, just a few days ago, Senator Cassidy wrote this:
"There must be a replace with repeal. Trump campaigned promising a replace bill that continued coverage, cared for those with preexisting conditions, and eliminated individual and employer mandates while lowering premiums… Americans are asking us to set aside partisanship when it comes to issues of greatest concern."
So we need to tell Senator Cassidy to "woman up" and publicly keep his word that he will not support repeal-without-replace.
Make no mistake. We need to keep up the pressure on our Senators until either the vote fails, or Senator McConnell announces he's abandoning the healthcare effort. And we need to remind our Senators that they owe their loyalty to the people of the State of Louisiana.
WHO TO CALL:
Senator Cassidy and Senator 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!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I’m calling today because I want the Senator to vote no on ANY bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, even on a delay. Repealing the ACA without replacement will cause 32 million Americans to lose their coverage, and premiums to double. It would end the Medicaid expansion and devastate our state's budget.
[FOR SENATOR CASSIDY ONLY: Senator Cassidy wrote in the Washington Post that "there must be a replace with repeal". I want him to stick by that.]
Replace-without-repeal does not pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test." I want the Senator to vote NO on a repeal of the ACA without replacement, and instead push for a bipartisan approach to fix the issues with the ACA.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.