Coverage losses in Ohio under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Portman should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for Ohio by an estimated $2.5 billion by 2026, or that it would jeopardize care for the 220,000 Ohioans relying on the Affordable Care Act to get treatment for opioid abuse.

But perhaps worst of all: according to the Center for American Progress, 809,000 Ohioans will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy.

There has been no meaningful bipartisan process like Senator Portman said he was ready to participate in after the failure of the last TrumpCare bill. Tell Senator Portman to stand with Ohio 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 Portman 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 Portman will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, like any bill that transforms ⅙ of our economy should. 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 809,000 Ohioans to lose their health coverage.

Staffer: Senator Portman is committed to making sure that Ohioans 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. And if Senator Portman were actually serious about addressing the opioid epidemic in Ohio, he would oppose this bill. There are 220,000 Ohioans relying on the ACA to get the substance abuse treatment they need, which would be jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.

Staffer: Senator Portman is proud of his work on opioids. Under his leadership, Congress passed CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, which is a record investment in fighting the opioid crisis.

Caller: The best thing Senator Portman could do for Ohioans who need treatment for opioid abuse is preserve Medicaid as it is today so people can get the care they need.

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