Graham-Cassidy and Maine
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.
What we don’t know is how many Mainers 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 Collins 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 Collins 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 Collins 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 Collins 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 $115 million in federal funding because of this bill. And we don’t know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill.
Staffer: Senator Collins 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 Collins decides to do.