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 expose the nearly 2 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions to massive premium increases, or that the CBO did not have time to estimate how much Graham-Cassidy would reduce coverage or increase premiums in Ohio.

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.

After TrumpCare failed in July, Senator Portman said he would work to protect “the most vulnerable in our society” by “working with [his] colleagues on both sides of the aisle.” Tell Senator Portman to stay true to his word by standing with the Ohioans relying on Medicaid instead of siding 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, especially after the most recent changes to the bill, which will expose nearly 2 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions to massive premium increases. We can’t know exactly how much premiums will increase, though, because the CBO did not have time to estimate that or coverage losses due to the rushed, secretive process the Republicans are using.

Staffer: Senator Portman is committed to ensuring that Ohioans have access to treatment for addiction, as well as access to affordable health care in general.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants, 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.

OhioCaroline Kavit