Medicaid Cuts in Maine Under Graham-Cassidy
Senator Collins opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. She should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Maine stands to lose $115 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy.
23% of Mainers are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Mainers without a way to get the care they need, replacing it with an inadequate “block grant” that expires in 2026.
There has been no meaningful process like Senator Collins called for when she opposed TrumpCare the first time. Tell Senator Collins to stand with Maine 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 Collins 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 Collins will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Senator Collins has called for repeatedly. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it radically transforms Medicaid into a cap system and ends the Medicaid expansion. 18% of Mainers 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. Plus it expires in 2026!
Staffer: Senator Collins is committed to making sure that Mainers 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.
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Collins to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.