Medicaid Cuts in Colorado under Graham-Cassidy
Senator Gardner 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. Gardner should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for Colorado by an estimated $823 million by 2026, and that there will be no full CBO score showing effects on premiums or coverage before the Senate votes on the bill.
19% of Coloradans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Colorado and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Coloradans without a way to get the care they need.
Tell Senator Gardner to stand with the Coloradans relying 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 Gardner 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 Gardner will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, and the Senate plans to vote on the bill without the benefit of having a full CBO score so Senator Gardner can fully understand the effects for Colorado. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it, by transforming it permanently into a cap system. 19% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces the Medicaid expansion with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.
Staffer: Senator Gardner is committed to making sure that Coloradans 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.
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Gardner to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what he decides to do.