On Monday, Dr. Rebekah Gee, the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, wrote a letter to Senator Bill Cassidy expressing her strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy repeal-and-replace plan. The bottom line of her letter: This bill would be VERY BAD for Louisiana.
According to Dr. Gee, the Graham-Cassidy bill would:
- End our successful Medicaid expansion, jeopardizing coverage for more than 433,00 citizens.
- Use the same per-capital caps in the BCRA that would result in profound cuts to services for children, the disabled, and pregnant people.
- Allow states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions and allow insurers to charge extra for age or health status.
The combination of per-capital caps and the ending of the Medicaid expansion would result in a projected loss of 3.2 BILLION DOLLARS in federal funding through 2026 for Louisiana. This would especially hurt our state, given our budget problems and extreme poverty.
We must tell our Senators – especially Senator Cassidy – that we oppose Graham-Cassidy and want them to work for a bipartisan solution that doesn't needlessly penalize our state.
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 (504) 581-6190
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. This bill would harm children with disabilities, seniors, people with pre-existing conditions or costly medical conditions, even victims of natural disasters. I'm also horrified that the bill would take over 3 billion dollars in federal funding from Louisiana by 2026. This could devastate our already terrible economy. So I want the Senator to vote NO and instead support the bipartisan, transparent process currently in the Senate to fix 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.