The Trump administration continues its last-ditch efforts to revive TrumpCare. Thursday, Senators met with White House officials and current Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Ms. Seema Verma, to discuss how a combination of tax credits, Medicaid expansion funding and state "innovation funds" could cut out-of-pocket costs for low-income people and convert them from the Medicaid expansion to private insurance coverage on the exchanges.
The only problem is: Their math is bogus.
That's because TrumpCare slashes funding for the Medicaid expansion by more than $700 billion and eliminates tax credits by raising the point at which you qualify for them. There's just no extra money to use to subsidize the switch. (Center for American Progress Senior Fellow and Health Policy VP Topher Spiro lays all this out in this Twitter thread.)
Even with tax credits, the cost of insurance for those people losing Medicaid coverage would skyrocket, rising to 60% to 104% of their total annual incomes, according to the CBO. (You can read more about the math-defying pitch Verma made to Senators here.)
Unfortunately, it sounds like Senator Cassidy is at danger of being swayed by Verma's bad math. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal Thursday as saying:
"She's obviously a knowledgeable person who's implemented innovative programs… That gives a great deal of street credibility."
We can't let Senator Cassidy base his opinion on math that doesn't add up. And we have to keep telling Senator Kennedy that we don't want him to vote for repeal-only.
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 read about how Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, met with Senators last Thursday to lure them back to supporting TrumpCare by saying that a combination of Medicaid expansion funding, tax credits and state innovation funds could subsidize people moving from Medicaid to TrumpCare. But TrumpCare cuts $700 billion in Medicaid expansion funding and eliminates tax credits by raising their bar for qualification. The math just doesn't work out.
I want the Senator to vote NO on TrumpCare or a repeal-only version of it, 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.