Coverage losses in Arizona under Graham-Cassidy
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.
But perhaps worst of all: according to the Center for American Progress, 511,000 Arizonans will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy.
There has been no meaningful process like Senator McCain called for when he opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell Senator McCain to stand with Arizona instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.
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 is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.
Caller: I hope that Senator McCain will stay true to his word and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. McCain has insisted on. 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. And worst of all, the bill would cause 511,000 Arizonans to lose their health coverage.
Staffer: Senator McCain is committed to making sure that Arizonans have the affordable coverage they need.
Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray. If Senator McCain supports Graham-Cassidy, he will be supporting the partisan process he decried in his July floor speech that I watched.
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator McCain to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator McCain decides to do.