Arizona Medicaid Cuts 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.

25% of Arizonans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Arizona and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Arizonans without a way to get the care they need.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator McCain called for when he opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell him to protect Arizonans who rely on Medicaid 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 radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion, which hurts states like ours that wisely chose to expand. 25% of Arizonans rely on Medicaid or CHIP and the so-called “block grants” proposed under Graham-Cassidy would be woefully inadequate to make up for the destruction of Medicaid as we know it.

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.

ArizonaCaroline Kavit