Graham-Cassidy and Tennessee
Senator Alexander 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 Tennessee, estimated at $1.6 billion in federal funding by 2026. What we don’t know is just how many Tennesseans 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).
After the defeat of TrumpCare in July, Senator Alexander led the Senate in holding a series of bipartisan hearings (along with Senator Patty Murray) in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee that he chairs. It was a refreshing bipartisan approach that Republicans should have taken all along—but there is nothing bipartisan about Graham-Cassidy.
Tell Senator Alexander to preserve the bipartisan approach that he is leading by voting 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 Alexander 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 Alexander to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it by turning Medicaid into a capped system. This hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. 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 Alexander thinks Obamacare is a failure. The Senator believes we must stabilize the market and lower premiums. That’s why he’s leading a series of bipartisan hearings with Senator Murray to strike commonsense compromises that help all Americans.
Caller: I’m glad that Senator Alexander is pursuing a bipartisan approach on health care. 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 Alexander to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Alexander decides to do.