Graham-Cassidy and Ohio

Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. We know how deep the funding cuts will be for Ohio, estimated at $2.5 billion in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 1.9 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 220,000 Ohioans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy. What we won’t know is just how many Ohioans will lose 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).

It is unacceptable and irresponsible for any Senator to vote for a bill without knowing how it would harm their constituents. Tell Senator Portman 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 Portman 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 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. Our state would lose $2.5 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 Portman thinks Obamacare is a failure and something must be done to stabilize the market and lower premiums.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then supporting the bipartisan, transparent process that Senators Alexander and Murray are leading through regular order would be a better option than supporting the Graham-Cassidy bill. Either way, he shouldn’t be voting for a bill without knowing how it’ll hurt his constituents. 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. 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.

OhioCaroline Kavit