Graham-Cassidy and West Virginia

Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. We know how deep the funding cuts will be for West Virginia because of this bill, estimated at $554 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 392,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy. What we don’t know is just how many West Virginians 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 Capito to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy until she knows how it will affect coverage for her constituents.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Capito 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 Capito 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 $554 million 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 Capito thinks Obamacare is a failure. The Senator believes we must 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, she shouldn’t be voting for a bill without knowing how it’ll hurt her constituents. 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 and I expect Senator Capito to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Capito decides to do.

West VirginiaCaroline Kavit