Graham-Cassidy Doesn’t Have a Full CBO Score

Senator Alexander announced last week that he was abandoning his bipartisan effort to improve healthcare for Americans in favor of the Graham-Cassidy monstrosity. He chose to do this even though he had gotten major concessions from Democrats.

This latest version of TrumpCare would devastate Tennesseans - especially the 1.2 million who would lose protection for their pre-existing conditions under Graham-Cassidy. Instead of waiting to see exactly how bad the bill would be for Tennessee, though, Senator Alexander is prepared to vote yes without CBO estimates of how it will affect coverage or raise premiums.

Make sure he knows how disappointed you are about him selling you out on TrumpCare.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Alexander will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator hasn’t made a final decision but he likes pieces of the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

Caller: That’s terrible. I want Senator Alexander to oppose Graham-Cassidy. It will wipe out the protections for pre-existing conditions that 1.2 million Tennesseans rely on - something that Senator Alexander said only two weeks ago was not a change he wanted to make. I was disappointed when Senator Alexander abandoned his bipartisan effort to improve the health care markets.

Staffer: Senator Alexander is committed to protecting Tennesseans with pre-existing conditions. Ensuring that they can continue to buy health insurance is a top priority for him.

Caller: If that is true, then I expect the Senator to vote no on Graham-Cassidy. This bill will strip over $1.5 billion in federal funding from Tennessee, and we won’t have a CBO estimate for how many Tennesseans will lose coverage or how much their premiums will increase as a result.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Alexander to oppose. Graham-Cassidy. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Alexander decides to do.

TennesseeCaroline Kavit