Medicaid Cuts in West Virginia Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Capito should oppose this bill--like the fact that nearly 400,000 West Virginians would lose protection for their pre-existing conditions, or because the Republican leadership is rushing it through without a CBO estimate of how much it will increase premiums and reduce coverage.

West Virginia has been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis, which is why Senator Capito should reject Graham-Cassidy. This bill would make it harder for the over 32,000 West Virginians who receive care for opioid addiction to get the treatment they need, which will devastate communities across the state.

Back in July, Senator Capito said that she “did not come to Washington to hurt people” right before she voted yes on a bill that would have done just that. This time, Senator Capito has to walk the walk - tell her to stand with her constituents over Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Capito will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Capito will oppose Graham-Cassidy. This bill would devastate our state’s Mountain Health Choices program, which over 77,000 West Virginians rely on for coverage. We don’t even know how much it will increase premiums or reduce coverage because the Republicans are rushing it through without a full CBO score.

Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginians have the affordable coverage they need, particularly those who are receiving treatment for opioid addiction.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray. It’s time for her to demonstrate that she is willing to do more than talk when it comes to protecting her constituents.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Capito to oppose this bill. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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West VirginiaCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in Ohio under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Portman should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would expose the nearly 2 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions to massive premium increases, or that the CBO did not have time to estimate how much Graham-Cassidy would reduce coverage or increase premiums in Ohio.

21% of Ohioans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Ohio and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Ohioans without a way to get the care they need.

After TrumpCare failed in July, Senator Portman said he would work to protect “the most vulnerable in our society” by “working with [his] colleagues on both sides of the aisle.” Tell Senator Portman to stay true to his word by standing with the Ohioans relying on Medicaid instead of siding with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Portman will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Portman will oppose Graham-Cassidy, especially after the most recent changes to the bill, which will expose nearly 2 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions to massive premium increases. We can’t know exactly how much premiums will increase, though, because the CBO did not have time to estimate that or coverage losses due to the rushed, secretive process the Republicans are using.

Staffer: Senator Portman is committed to ensuring that Ohioans have access to treatment for addiction, as well as access to affordable health care in general.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Portman to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Portman decides to do.

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OhioCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy Doesn’t Have a Full CBO Score

Senator Alexander announced last week that he was abandoning his bipartisan effort to improve healthcare for Americans in favor of the Graham-Cassidy monstrosity. He chose to do this even though he had gotten major concessions from Democrats.

This latest version of TrumpCare would devastate Tennesseans - especially the 1.2 million who would lose protection for their pre-existing conditions under Graham-Cassidy. Instead of waiting to see exactly how bad the bill would be for Tennessee, though, Senator Alexander is prepared to vote yes without CBO estimates of how it will affect coverage or raise premiums.

Make sure he knows how disappointed you are about him selling you out on TrumpCare.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Alexander will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator hasn’t made a final decision but he likes pieces of the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

Caller: That’s terrible. I want Senator Alexander to oppose Graham-Cassidy. It will wipe out the protections for pre-existing conditions that 1.2 million Tennesseans rely on - something that Senator Alexander said only two weeks ago was not a change he wanted to make. I was disappointed when Senator Alexander abandoned his bipartisan effort to improve the health care markets.

Staffer: Senator Alexander is committed to protecting Tennesseans with pre-existing conditions. Ensuring that they can continue to buy health insurance is a top priority for him.

Caller: If that is true, then I expect the Senator to vote no on Graham-Cassidy. This bill will strip over $1.5 billion in federal funding from Tennessee, and we won’t have a CBO estimate for how many Tennesseans will lose coverage or how much their premiums will increase as a result.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Alexander to oppose. Graham-Cassidy. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Alexander decides to do.

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TennesseeCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy Doesn’t Have a Full CBO Score

Senator Moran supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why he should oppose this bill--like the fact that over 500,000 Kansans with pre-existing conditions would lose their protections under the bill, and that there is not a full CBO score showing effects on premiums or coverage levels.

13% of Kansans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Kansans without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026.

Tell Senator Moran not to vote for a bill if he doesn’t even know how it will affect his constituents’ premiums or coverage.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Moran will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Moran will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, and the Senate could even vote on the bill without the benefit of having a full CBO score so Senator Moran can understand its effects on Kansas. What we do know is that 13% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill destroys Medicaid as we know it. The bill will also leave over half a million Kansans with pre-existing conditions at risk of massive premium increases by stripping away their protections.

Staffer: Senator Moran is committed to making sure that Kansans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Moran to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.

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KansasCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy Doesn’t Have a Full CBO Score

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 107,000 Alaskans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. 10,000 Alaskans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse could lose the care they need. Mitch McConnell wants to rush this bill through without a CBO estimate for how much it will reduce coverage and increase premiums, but we already know enough to say it would be terrible.

18% of Alaskans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Alaska and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Alaskans without a way to get the care they need. This would decimate Alaska’s rural hospitals.

Mitch McConnell is trying to bribe Senator Murkowski with a new slush fund, but the slush fund isn’t enough to make up for the bill’s devastating cuts. Senator Murkowski should reject Graham-Cassidy—with or without the Polar Payoff—and stand with Alaskans that rely on Medicaid.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowski will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill when it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Murkowski will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as she has called for repeatedly. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Murkowski and others almost no time to review it and no time for the CBO to estimate how it will impact premiums and coverage levels.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski has serious concerns about the process and wants more information about how the bill affects Alaska.

Caller: What we know of the bill so far is terrible. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 18% of Alaskans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. The bill defunds Planned Parenthood, which Senator Murkowski says she opposes, and the slush fund intended to buy Senator Murkowski’s vote is wholly inadequate.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway in the HELP Committee.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Murkowski to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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AlaskaCaroline Kavit
Thank You Senator Collins

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill, because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse could lose the care they need. We can’t know exactly what the effects of this bill will be on Maine, however, because the Republicans are plowing forward without a CBO estimate on premium increases or coverage losses.

Senator Collins announced yesterday that she would once again vote against this secretive, destructive bill. She is one of only a few Republican senators who has consistently stood up for her constituents during this debate - call her and say thank you for putting Mainers over Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [] and I’m calling from [part of state].

Staffer: Hello there!

Caller: I’m calling to say thank you to Senator Collins for announcing her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill yesterday. Especially given that a new version of the bill was released on Sunday, I’m glad she’s voting no. What we do know about this new version of the bill is enough to say that it is bad for Maine -- it will hurt the 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions, and we won’t even know how many people will lose insurance or how much our premiums will go up because there is no time to get a full CBO score. Senator Collins’ concerns about the rushed process used to write this bill still hold true.

Staffer: Senator Collins agrees with you. That’s why she opposed the bill. She wants to protect Maine from Medicaid cuts and keep protections for pre-existing conditions while stabilizing the Obamacare markets so we actually have a bill most Senators can agree to. I’d encourage you to find her statement on our website.

Caller: Thanks! I will check it out. And thank you again to Senator Collins for sticking up for her most vulnerable constituents and for opposing Graham-Cassidy. I am very grateful that she stuck up for us and our state.  

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MaineCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy 2.0 Doesn’t Have a Full CBO Score

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 753,000 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill, because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. There’s no way for us to tell exactly how bad it will be, though, because the Republicans didn’t give the CBO time to estimate by how much premiums will increase, or how many people will lose coverage.

19% of Coloradans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Coloradans without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026. This would be terrible for Colorado’s rural hospitals.

Senator Gardner should spend less time listening to his party’s donors, and more time focusing on how Graham-Cassidy will devastate Coloradans. Tell Senator Gardner to stand with Colorado instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Gardner will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill when it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Gardner will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill will devastate protections for the 753,000 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Gardner and others almost no time to review it. Senator Gardner should insist that his colleagues wait for the CBO’s estimates on premium increases and coverage losses before they hold a vote.

Staffer: Senator Gardner is waiting to get more information before he decides how to vote on this bill. He wants to make sure he fully understands its impacts on Colorado before he commits either way.

Caller: We have enough information about how it will affect Colorado to say that it is terrible. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion. 19% of Coloradans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. Plus it expires in 2026!

Staffer: Senator Gardner is committed to making sure that Coloradans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.  

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Gardner to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.

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ColoradoCaroline Kavit
Thank you: Senator McCain

Senator McCain has announced he will oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, Republicans’ last chance of ramming TrumpCare through the Senate. His concerns remained unchanged from last time around: that Mitch McConnell chose a secretive, partisan path instead of pursuing a meaningful bipartisan approach through regular order. They haven’t held any hearings or markups, and there wasn’t time for the CBO to estimate what the effect of the bill will be on Arizonans’ premiums or on the number of people who will be covered.

The latest draft of the bill was released on Sunday evening, which should only exacerbate Senator McCain’s issues with this murky process. Senators will barely have time to read the bill before they have to vote on it, and they will not have any information from the CBO about how it will affect their constituents. In addition to those concerns about process, the new version of the bill guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, putting over 1 million Arizonans at risk of massive premium increases.

Senator McCain put Arizona first. Instead of siding with Trump and McConnell, he sided with you. Today, say thank you.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Hello! My name is [] and I’m calling from [part of state].

Staffer: Hello there!

Caller: I’m calling to say thank you to Senator McCain for announcing his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill. Especially now that a new version of the bill has been released that the Senator will have even less time to read and understand, I hope he will stand by his commitment to vote no. What we do know about this new version of the bill is enough to say that it is bad for Arizona - it will hurt the over 1 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions, and we don’t even have a CBO estimate for how many people will lose insurance or how much our premiums will go up. Senator McCain’s concerns about the secretive, partisan process used to write this bill still hold true.

Staffer: Senator McCain agrees with you. That’s why he opposed the bill. He wants to see a bipartisan process run through regular order so we actually have a bill most Senators can agree to. I’d encourage you to find his statement on our website.

Caller: Thanks! I will check it out. And thank you again to Senator McCain for sticking to his principles about the process and for opposing Graham-Cassidy. I am very grateful that he stuck up for us and our state.  

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ArizonaCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy 2.0 and Colorado

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 753,000 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill, because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first.

19% of Coloradans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Coloradans without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026. This would be terrible for Colorado’s rural hospitals.

Senator Gardner should spend less time listening to his party’s donors, and more time focusing on how Graham-Cassidy will devastate Coloradans. Tell Senator Gardner to stand with Colorado instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Gardner will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill when it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Gardner will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill will devastate protections for the 753,000 Coloradans with pre-existing conditions. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Gardner and others almost no time to review it. Senator Gardner should keep his promise to “work in a bipartisan fashion” to protect affordable health care for his constituents.

Staffer: Senator Gardner is waiting to get more information before he decides how to vote on this bill. He wants to make sure he fully understands its impacts on Colorado before he commits either way.

Caller: We have enough information about how it will affect Colorado to say that it is terrible. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion. 19% of Coloradans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. Plus it expires in 2026!

Staffer: Senator Gardner is committed to making sure that Coloradans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.  

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Gardner to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.

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ColoradoCaroline Kavit
Thank you: Senator McCain

Senator McCain has announced he will oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, Republicans’ last chance of ramming TrumpCare through the Senate. His concerns remained unchanged from last time around: that Mitch McConnell chose a secretive, partisan path instead of pursuing a meaningful bipartisan approach through regular order.

On Sunday evening, the Republicans released an updated version of Graham-Cassidy that should only exacerbate Senator McCain’s concerns. Senators will barely have time to read the bill before they have to vote on it, and they will not have any information from the CBO about how it will affect their constituents. In addition to those concerns about process, the new version of the bill guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, putting over 1 million Arizonans at risk of massive premium increases.

Senator McCain put Arizona first. Instead of siding with Trump and McConnell, he sided with you. Today, say thank you.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Hello! My name is [] and I’m calling from [part of state].

Staffer: Hello there!

Caller: I’m calling to say thank you to Senator McCain for announcing his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill. Especially now that a new version of the bill has been released that the Senator will have even less time to read and understand, I hope he will stand by his commitment to vote no. What we do know about this new version of the bill is enough to say that it is bad for Arizona - it will hurt the over 1 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions, and we won’t even know how many people will lose insurance before the vote because there is no time to get a CBO score. Senator McCain’s concerns about the secretive, partisan process used to write this bill still hold true.

Staffer: Senator McCain agrees with you. That’s why he opposed the bill. He wants to see a bipartisan process run through regular order so we actually have a bill most Senators can agree to. I’d encourage you to find his statement on our website.

Caller: Thanks! I will check it out. And thank you again to Senator McCain for sticking to his principles about the process and for opposing Graham-Cassidy. I am very grateful that he stuck up for us and our state.  

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ArizonaCaroline Kavit
Graham-Cassidy 2.0 and Maine

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill, because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse could lose the care they need.

23% of Mainers are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Mainers without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026. This would be terrible for Maine’s rural hospitals.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator Collins called for when she opposed TrumpCare the first time—and with a revised version of the bill coming out just yesterday, CBO has no time to produce a meaningful analysis of the bill. Tell Senator Collins to stand with Maine instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Collins will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill when it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Collins will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as she has called for repeatedly. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Collins and others almost no time to review it. Yesterday on the Sunday shows, Senator Collins said she wanted to hear from CBO how many people will lose coverage and what will happen to premiums, but CBO has said that information won’t be included in the score they release.

Staffer: Senator Collins has serious concerns about the process and is leaning no on the bill.

Caller: That’s good because what we know of the bill so far is terrible. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion. 18% of Mainers rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. Plus it expires in 2026!

Staffer: Senator Collins is committed to making sure that Mainers have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should FIRMLY oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.  

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Collins to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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MaineCaroline Kavit
Alaska and Graham-Cassidy 2.0

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 107,000 Alaskans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. 10,000 Alaskans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse could lose the care they need.

18% of Alaskans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Alaska and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Alaskans without a way to get the care they need. This would decimate Alaska’s rural hospitals

Mitch McConnell is trying to bribe Senator Murkowski with a new slush fund, but the slush fund isn’t enough to make up for the bill’s devastating cuts. Senator Murkowski should reject Graham-Cassidy—with or without the Polar Payoff—and stand with Alaskans that rely on Medicaid.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowski will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill when it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Murkowski will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as she has called for repeatedly. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Murkowski and others almost no time to review it and no time for CBO to produce a meaningful analysis of it.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski has serious concerns about the process and wants more information about how the bill affects Alaska.

Caller: What we know of the bill so far is terrible. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 18% of Alaskans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. The bill defunds Planned Parenthood, which Senator Murkowski says she opposes, and the slush fund intended to buy Senator Murkowski’s vote is wholly inadequate.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway in the HELP Committee.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Murkowski to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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AlaskaCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in Colorado under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Gardner supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Gardner should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for Colorado by an estimated $823 million by 2026, and that there will be no full CBO score showing effects on premiums or coverage before the Senate votes on the bill.

19% of Coloradans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Colorado and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Coloradans without a way to get the care they need.

Tell Senator Gardner to stand with the Coloradans relying on Medicaid instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Gardner will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Gardner will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, and the Senate plans to vote on the bill without the benefit of having a full CBO score so Senator Gardner can fully understand the effects for Colorado. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it, by transforming it permanently into a cap system. 19% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces the Medicaid expansion with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.

Staffer: Senator Gardner is committed to making sure that Coloradans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Gardner to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.

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ColoradoCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in West Virginia Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Capito should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for West Virginia by an estimated $554 million by 2026, or because there are 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA for substance abuse treatment that would see their care jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.

29% of West Virginians  are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in West Virginia and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many West Virginians without a way to get the care they need.

There has been no meaningful bipartisan process like Senator Capito said she stood ready to participate in after the failure of the last TrumpCare bill. Tell Senator Capito to stand up for West Virginians instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Capito will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Capito will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, like any bill that transforms ⅙ of our economy should. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, which is critical for many West Virginians who need treatment for opioid abuse. 29% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces the Medicaid expansion with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.

Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginians have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Capito to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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West VirginiaCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in Kansas under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Moran supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why he should oppose this bill--like the fact that an estimated 221,000 Kansans would lose coverage under the bill, and that there will be no full CBO score showing effects on premiums or other factors before the Senate votes on the bill.

13% of Kansans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Kansans without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026.

Tell Senator Moran to stand with the Kansans relying on Medicaid instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Moran will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Moran will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, and the Senate plans to vote on the bill without the benefit of having a full CBO score so Senator Moran can fully understand the effects for Kansas. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it, by transforming it permanently into a cap system. 13% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces current funding with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.

Staffer: Senator Moran is committed to making sure that Kansans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Moran to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.

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KansasCaroline Kavit
Thank You: Senator McCain

Senator McCain has announced he will oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, Republicans’ last chance of ramming TrumpCare through the Senate. His concerns remained unchanged from last time around: that Mitch McConnell chose a secretive, partisan path instead of pursuing a meaningful bipartisan approach through regular order.

Senator McCain put Arizona first. Instead of siding with Trump and McConnell, he sided with you. Today, say thank you.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Hello! My name is [] and I’m calling from [part of state].

Staffer: Hello there!

Caller: I’m calling to say thank you to Senator McCain for announcing his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill. Arizona stands to lose $1.6 billion in federal funding by 2026, and 1 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill. Senator McCain stood up for Arizona instead of siding with McConnell and Trump. I know that must have been tough, but I’m glad he did.

Staffer: Senator McCain agrees with you. That’s why he opposed the bill. He wants to see a bipartisan process run through regular order so we actually have a bill most Senators can agree to. I’d encourage you to find his statement on our website.

Caller: Thanks! I will check it out. And thank you again to Senator McCain for sticking to his principles about the process and for opposing Graham-Cassidy. I am very grateful that he stuck up for us and our state.  

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ArizonaCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in Ohio under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Portman should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for Ohio by an estimated $2.5 billion by 2026, or that it would jeopardize care for the 220,000 Ohioans relying on the Affordable Care Act to get treatment for opioid abuse.

21% of Ohioans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Ohio and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Ohioans without a way to get the care they need.

There has been no meaningful bipartisan process like Senator Portman said he was ready to participate in after the failure of the last TrumpCare bill. Tell Senator Portman to stand with the Ohioans relying on Medicaid instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Portman will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Portman will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, like any bill that transforms ⅙ of our economy should. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, which is critical for many Ohioans who need treatment for opioid abuse. 21% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces the Medicaid expansion with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.

Staffer: Senator Portman is committed to making sure that Ohioans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Portman to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Portman decides to do.

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OhioCaroline Kavit
Medicaid Cuts in Maine Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Collins opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. She should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Maine stands to lose $115 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy.

23% of Mainers are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Mainers without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator Collins called for when she opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell Senator Collins to stand with Maine instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Collins will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Collins will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Senator Collins has called for repeatedly. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion. 18% of Mainers rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it. Plus it expires in 2026!

Staffer: Senator Collins is committed to making sure that Mainers have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.  

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Collins to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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MaineCaroline Kavit
Alaska Medicaid Cuts Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Murkowski opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. She should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Alaska stands to lose $255 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 107,000 Alaskans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 10,000 Alaskans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy. And according to the Center for American Progress, 41,000 Alaskans will lose coverage.

18% of Alaskans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Alaska and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Alaskans without a way to get the care they need.

Mitch McConnell is trying to bribe Senator Murkowski with a new slush, but the slush fund isn’t enough to make up for the bill’s devastating cuts. Senator Murkowski should reject Graham-Cassidy—with or without the Polar Payoff—and stand with Alaskans that rely on Medicaid.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowski will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Murkowski will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as she has called for repeatedly. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 18% of Alaskans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway in the HELP Committee.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Murkowski to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.

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AlaskaCaroline Kavit
Arizona Medicaid Cuts under Graham-Cassidy

Senator McCain opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. He should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Arizona stands to lose $1.6 billion in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 1 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 78,000 Arizonans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy.

25% of Arizonans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Arizona and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Arizonans without a way to get the care they need.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator McCain called for when he opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell him to protect Arizonans who rely on Medicaid instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator McCain will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator McCain will stay true to his word and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. McCain has insisted on. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 25% of Arizonans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it.

Staffer: Senator McCain is committed to making sure that Arizonans have the affordable coverage they need.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray. If Senator McCain supports Graham-Cassidy, he will be supporting the partisan process he decried in his July floor speech that I watched.  

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator McCain to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator McCain decides to do.

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ArizonaCaroline Kavit