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
Coverage losses 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.

But worst of all, according to the Center for American Progress, an estimated 156,000 West Virginians would lose their coverage as a result of this bill.

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, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And worst of all, the bill would cause 156,000 West Virginians to lose their health coverage.

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. And if Senator Captio were actually serious about addressing the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, she would oppose this bill. There are 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA to get the substance abuse treatment they need, which would be jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.

Staffer: Senator Capito is proud of her work on opioids. She was proud to support CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, which is a record investment in fighting the opioid crisis.

Caller: The best thing Senator Capito could do for West Virginians who need treatment for opioid abuse is preserve Medicaid as it is today so people can get the care they need.

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 Senator Capito decides to do.

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West VirginiaCaroline Kavit
Coverage losses 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.

But perhaps worst of all: according to the Center for American Progress, 809,000 Ohioans will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy.

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 Ohio 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, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And worst of all, the bill would cause 809,000 Ohioans to lose their health coverage.

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. And if Senator Portman were actually serious about addressing the opioid epidemic in Ohio, he would oppose this bill. There are 220,000 Ohioans relying on the ACA to get the substance abuse treatment they need, which would be jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.

Staffer: Senator Portman is proud of his work on opioids. Under his leadership, Congress passed CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, which is a record investment in fighting the opioid crisis.

Caller: The best thing Senator Portman could do for Ohioans who need treatment for opioid abuse is preserve Medicaid as it is today so people can get the care they need.

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
Coverage losses 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. Plus, we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.

But perhaps worst of all: according to the Center for American Progress, 161,000 Mainers will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy.

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. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And worst of all, the bill would cause 161,000 Mainers to lose their health coverage.

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 Senator Collins decides to do.

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MaineCaroline Kavit
Coverage losses in Arizona 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.

But perhaps worst of all: according to the Center for American Progress, 511,000 Arizonans will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator McCain called for when he opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell Senator McCain to stand with Arizona 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 destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And worst of all, the bill would cause 511,000 Arizonans to lose their health coverage.

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
Graham-Cassidy has a new Polar Payoff

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.

Mitch McConnell will stop at nothing to bribe his way to victory. The Graham-Cassidy bill has a new slush fund for rural states that have higher health care costs. Conveniently, Alaska is one of only two states that fit the criteria to get the slush fund.

But the slush fund isn’t enough to make up for the devastating cuts that will affect Alaska’s rural hospitals or Alaskans currently covered through Medicaid or that get help affording insurance through subsidies. Senator Murkowski should reject Graham-Cassidy—with or without the Polar Payoff.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowksi 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 stay strong and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. Murkowski said it should when she opposed previous TrumpCare bills. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskans get the coverage they need and that the bill reflects Alaska’s unique needs as a state.

Caller: I heard Mitch McConnell is trying to bribe Senator Murkowski into supporting this terrible bill with a provision that gives a slush fund to Alaska. But this bill would be so devastating for our state, that no special McConnell slush fund could make up for it. Senator Murkowski should oppose Graham-Cassidy.

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 Senator Murkowski decides to do.

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AlaskaCaroline Kavit
Colorado and the CHIP Program

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 because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review how many people will lose their coverage as a result. But there is another reason: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 167,227 children in Colorado. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator Gardner to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program.

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 want Senator Gardner to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 167,227 Coloradan children use.

Staffer: Senator Gardner is committed to making sure that Coloradan children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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 Senator Gardner decides to do.

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ColoradoCaroline Kavit
Senator Alexander Chose TrumpCare Over a Bipartisan Effort

Senator Alexander announced yesterday 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, starting with a $1.6 billion cut in federal funding. It’s clear that Senator Alexander chose to support Trump, his party, and Mitch McConnell over the Tennesseans he’s supposed to represent.

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’s a harmful bill that will cut about $1.6 billion in federal funding for Tennessee. I also want to say that I’m disappointed that Sen. Alexander abandoned bipartisan efforts to improve healthcare for all Americans. He had made progress on a bipartisan approach but decided it was better to go along with his party over me and other Tennesseans.

Staffer: Senator Alexander made a good faith effort to find a compromise, but ultimately the differences between the two parties were too great.

Caller: That’s not true. There were ongoing negotiations that Sen. Alexander abandoned to make way for another TrumpCare vote. That’s not why Tennesseans sent him to Washington. Please tell him I’m going to remember this next time he’s up for re-election.

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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Ohio and the CHIP Program

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, and because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review how many people will lose their coverage as a result. But there is another reason: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 223,583 children in Ohio. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator Portman to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program.

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 want Senator Portman to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 223,583 Ohioan children use.

Staffer: Senator Portman is committed to making sure that Ohioan children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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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West Virginia and the CHIP Program

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, and because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review how many people will lose their coverage as a result. But there is another reason: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 48,187 children in West Virginia. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator Capito to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program.

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 want Senator Capito to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 48,187 West Virginian children use.

Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginian children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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 Senator Capito decides to do.

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Arizona and the CHIP Program

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. Plus, we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.

But there is another reason to oppose this bill: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 88,224 children in Arizona. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator McCain to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program.

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 destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 88,224 Arizonan children use.

Staffer: Senator McCain is committed to making sure that Arizonan children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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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Alaska and the CHIP Program

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. Plus, we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.

But there is another reason to oppose this bill: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 15,662 children in Alaska. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.

Tell Senator Murkowski to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Murkowksi 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 stay strong and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. Murkowski has requested. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 15,662 Alaskan children use.

Staffer: Senator Murkowski is committed to making sure that Alaskan children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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 Senator Murkowski decides to do.

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AlaskaCaroline Kavit
Maine and the CHIP Program

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. Plus, we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.

But there is another reason to oppose this bill: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 23,257 children in Maine. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator Collins to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program

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 stay strong and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. Murkowski has requested. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 23,257 Mainer children use.

Staffer: Senator Collins is committed to making sure that Mainer children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

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 Senator Collins decides to do.

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MaineCaroline Kavit