Senator Bill Cassidy did not have a good Wednesday.
He spent much of the day telling Jimmy Kimmel, NPR, and 16 major patient groups that they do not understand his awful health care bill, the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Oh, but they DO understand it, Senator Cassidy. They understand all too well that your bill would:
- End the Medicaid expansion, repeals premium tax credits, cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments, and the individual and employer mandates;
- Use the same per-capital caps in the BCRA that would result in profound cuts to services for children, the disabled, and pregnant women.
- Allow states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions and allow insurers to charge extra for age or health status.
- Significantly reduce funding to states over the long-term, particularly for states that expanded Medicaid, like Louisiana – which stands to lose BILLIONS of dollars in federal funding by 2026.
In fact, Louisiana stands to be particularly devastated if Graham-Cassidy passes, because roughly 32% of our population is on Medicaid. Without the Medicaid expansion, they're out of luck.
Dozens of groups have opposed the Graham-Cassidy bill: The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association, the National Council of Behavioral Health, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the March of Dimes, the AARP, and the ALS Association… for starters. Even big insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield have come out against the bill.
So 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 (Other offices include: Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; and Shreveport: (318) 670-5192)
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 70119 [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 billions of 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 bipartisan solutions to fix 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.