Call of the Day: Prevent Employer-Based Healthcare Insurance Losses

One little-known, little-discussed aspect of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA - a.k.a TrumpCare):  Even if you get insurance through your job, you're not safe from its effects.  An estimated 40,200 Louisianans would lose their employer-based coverage, if TrumpCare becomes law.

That's because the BCRA eliminates the ACA requirement that companies with 50 or more employees provide healthcare coverage.

Of course, that's not counting the millions who'd see reduced coverage, including the elimination of the pre-existing conditions protection, and waivers against providing essential health benefits coverage.  They might still have their insurance, but their premiums would skyrocket, as well as their out-of-pocket costs.

So keep calling!  Our senators need to know our objections to this bill.

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:

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 ask the Senator to oppose the BCRA, which would cause 343,400 Louisianans to lose their health insurance coverage, including 40,200 working Louisianans currently with employer-based insurance.  [If you'd be one of those people who'd potentially lose their insurance, share your story!]

I expect the Senator to oppose any bill that results in fewer Louisianans having healthcare coverage.

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

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.