(This script adapted from TrumpCareTen.org)
Topher Spiro (Center for American Progress) is sounding the alarm on a revised Senate healthcare bill sent to the CBO that includes Ted Cruz’s proposal. (More on Cruz proposal here: The Hill.) McConnell wants to have a new score back in a week, and fast track TrumpCare through the Senate as soon as they get back from the July 4 recess.
Senator Cassidy has expressed a number of concerns about the process and about the policy in the TrumpCare bill. He may try to hold out and negotiate for a longer phase-out of the Medicaid expansion, but it doesn’t matter whether Medicaid is cut now or cut later: Thousands of Louisianans will lose the coverage they need.
There is no fix for TrumpCare -- no policy tweak, amount of funding, or extra period of time that could make this bill something Senator Cassidy should support. He promised to only support a bill that would pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" – we need to hold him to that. Today, let him and Kennedy know you want him to oppose TrumpCare no matter what.
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 today to tell the Senator to oppose the BCRA, no matter what. There’s nothing the Senator can negotiate with Mitch McConnell that would make this bill something will pass the "Jimmy Kimmel Test". Even if the Medicaid expansion gets a longer phase out, even if there are exemptions for certain populations from the Medicaid caps, this bill is still a disaster for our state that will cause 343,000 Louisianans to lose their coverage. That includes more than 188,000 receiving Medicaid. I want the senator to work to find a bipartisan fix to 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.