The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, aka TrumpCare), is particularly harmful for women.
For starters, it defunds Planned Parenthood which provides services like tests for sexually-transmitted diseases, Pap smears, breast exams, and contraception to 8,975 people in Louisiana alone. For many lower-income women, Planned Parenthood is their only safe and affordable place to receive vital health care services.
TrumpCare also slashes funding to Medicaid, which pays for half of all births in Louisiana. Furthermore, six out of ten kids in Louisiana are covered by Medicaid.
Under the proposed waiver program, states can opt out of requiring coverage for essential health benefits (EHB) like prenatal care, postnatal and newborn care, ER and hospitalization services, pediatric services, and prescription drugs.
And the new Cruz-Lee amendment would essentially create two health care systems in America, funneling sick and elderly patients with pre-existing conditions into more expensive high-risk pools, again putting greater financial burden on women (who are more likely to have qualifying pre-existing conditions, like a complicated pregnancy or breast cancer).
So basically: It stinks. If you're a woman – or if you have women in your life you care about -- call your Senators. Don't give up!
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, because it hurts women. It would increase premiums and out-of-pocket costs for women; it would no longer require coverage for pregnancies; it would dramatically cut funding for Medicaid; and it would defund Planned Parenthood. I want the Senator to vote against any bill that would result in women in Louisiana having more expensive care, less coverage, and/or less access to health care.
Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.