Graham-Cassidy and Alaska
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.
What we don’t know is how many Alaskans would lose their coverage as a result of this bill. That’s because Republicans are planning to vote for it without getting coverage estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). After the defeat of TrumpCare in July, Senator Murkowski called for a return to regular order—which Republicans are totally circumventing with Graham-Cassidy.
Tell Senator Murkowski to support regular order, like she said she would, and vote NO on Graham-Cassidy.
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 hasn’t reviewed the text of the bill yet and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.
Caller: I want Senator Murkowski to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid and takes away funding to help people afford health insurance through the marketplace. Our state would lose $255 million in federal funding because of this bill. And we don’t know how many people will lose coverage because CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill.
Staffer: Senator Murkowski thinks the Senate should be taking a bipartisan approach to fixing our nation’s health care.
Caller: I’m glad to hear that—but that means she needs to oppose Graham-Cassidy. We can’t have a real debate unless we know how a bill will affect coverage losses, and we don’t know that for Graham-Cassidy. Will she commit to voting against this new version of TrumpCare until we at the very least know how many people will lose coverage?
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Murkowski decides to do.