Bill Cassidy, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
Senator Cassidy is making one last ditch effort to repeal the ACA before September 30, with his "Graham-Cassidy" bill.
Though the final language of the bill hasn't been made public, we do know a few things – like, for example, that the bill would impose per-capita caps on the Medicaid program. That would limit how much federal money each state has to spend on Medicaid coverage, access, and options by how many people live in the state, not by how much people need coverage.
For example, if a per-capita cap system had been in place when Hurricane Harvey hit, Texas might have already run out of federal dollars for Medicaid for the year. And they'd be out of luck should anybody else need Medicaid due to the hurricane's damage.
What's more, the block grants would only grow at a 2% rate, which is MUCH slower than the growth rate of medical costs in this country. Oh, and the bill would redistribute funds to favor states that did NOT opt to expand Medicaid.
Adding insult to injury, the Graham-Cassidy bill would still undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, by allowing states to waive essential health benefits coverage.
On Monday, a few Senators (including Rand Paul) said that Graham-Cassidy doesn't have enough support to go to a full floor vote. But we need to make absolutely sure Senator Cassidy knows that we don't support this terrible bill, and we want a bipartisan fix for the ACA instead.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Cassidy and 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 NEW ORLEANS OFFICE
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 strongly oppose the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan. Any plan that eliminates the Medicaid expansion and fails to guarantee affordable coverage for low-income Americans is unacceptable. I think it's obvious that the American people want a bipartisan approach to repairing the ACA, not a last-minute replacement plan.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.