Coverage losses in West Virginia under Graham-Cassidy
Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Capito should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for West Virginia by an estimated $554 million by 2026, or because there are 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA for substance abuse treatment that would see their care jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.
But worst of all, according to the Center for American Progress, an estimated 156,000 West Virginians would lose their coverage as a result of this bill.
There has been no meaningful bipartisan process like Senator Capito said she stood ready to participate in after the failure of the last TrumpCare bill. Tell Senator Capito to stand up for West Virginians 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 Capito 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 Capito 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 156,000 West Virginians to lose their health coverage.
Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginians have the affordable coverage they need.
Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray. And if Senator Captio were actually serious about addressing the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, she would oppose this bill. There are 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA to get the substance abuse treatment they need, which would be jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.
Staffer: Senator Capito is proud of her work on opioids. She was proud to support CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, which is a record investment in fighting the opioid crisis.
Caller: The best thing Senator Capito could do for West Virginians 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 Capito to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Capito decides to do.