Call of the Day: Oppose Defunding The Fight Against Opioid Addiction

(This script adapted from TrumpCareTen.org)

One provision in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, aka TrumpCare) that hasn't gotten as much attention is the fact that it would decimate addiction treatment, including for opioid addiction.

In 2015, the opioid epidemic claimed the lives of more than 52,000 Americans, including 861 in Louisiana.  Yet the Senate version of TrumpCare decimates Medicaid, which is how a substantial population of addicts get the treatment they need.  The bill adds funding for fighting opioid abuse for just one year -- an insufficient, token acknowledgement of what a serious crisis this is.

Under TrumpCare, 22 million Americans would lose coverage to give $700 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, and consumers will have fewer guaranteed protections.  Insurance companies will be back in charge.  Today, urge Senator Cassidy to stand firm against party pressure and vote NO on a bill that would hamstring us in the fight against the opioid crisis.

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!

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 because I know the Senate health care plan would cut Medicaid funding, and I'm concerned about how that would impact the fight against opioid addiction.  In 2015, more than 800 Louisianans died from opioid addiction, and many Louisianans are currently receiving treatment for their addiction through the exchanges or through Medicaid.  But the Senate bill only offers one year of extra funding, and that's not enough.

[If you have a personal story to share, SHARE IT!]

I urge Senator Cassidy to vote NO on the BCRA, which as it stands would cut Medicaid funding and hurt our ability to fight opioid addiction.

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

Bonus:  Thank Senator Cassidy for having TWO town halls today.  He is one of only 2 Republican Senators having town halls over this recess!


This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.