Medicaid Cuts 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.
21% of Ohioans are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in Ohio and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many Ohioans without a way to get the care they need.
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 the Ohioans 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 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, which is critical for many Ohioans who need treatment for opioid abuse. 21% 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 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.
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.