Graham-Cassidy 2.0 and Maine

Graham-Cassidy got an update over the weekend, and it’s even worse than before. 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions would be hurt by this bill, because the new revised version of Graham-Cassidy allows insurance companies to discriminate without states even having to seek a waiver first. 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse could lose the care they need.

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. This would be terrible for Maine’s rural hospitals.

There has been no meaningful process like Senator Collins called for when she opposed TrumpCare the first time—and with a revised version of the bill coming out just yesterday, CBO has no time to produce a meaningful analysis of the bill. 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 when 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 she has called for repeatedly. And now Senators Graham and Cassidy circulated a new version of the bill, giving Senator Collins and others almost no time to review it. Yesterday on the Sunday shows, Senator Collins said she wanted to hear from CBO how many people will lose coverage and what will happen to premiums, but CBO has said that information won’t be included in the score they release.

Staffer: Senator Collins has serious concerns about the process and is leaning no on the bill.

Caller: That’s good because what we know of the bill so far is terrible. 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 FIRMLY 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.

MaineCaroline Kavit