Graham-Cassidy and Arizona
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.
What we don’t know is how many Arizonans 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 McCain called for a return to regular order—which Republicans are totally circumventing with Graham-Cassidy. We can’t have a real debate on this bill without knowing its full implications for Americans.
Tell Senator McCain to vote NO on TrumpCare until he knows how it will affect coverage for his constituents.
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 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 McCain 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 $1.6 billion in federal funding because of this bill. 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 McCain 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 he 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 he 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. Senator McCain said he wanted hearings—there have been no hearings on Graham-Cassidy. He said he wanted bipartisan input—there has been no bipartisan input. He said he wanted to hear from the nation’s governors—many of the nation’s governors oppose Graham-Cassidy. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know how Senator McCain votes on this bill.