Medicaid Cuts in West Virginia Under Graham-Cassidy

Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Capito should oppose this bill--like the fact that nearly 400,000 West Virginians would lose protection for their pre-existing conditions, or because the Republican leadership is rushing it through without a CBO estimate of how much it will increase premiums and reduce coverage.

West Virginia has been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis, which is why Senator Capito should reject Graham-Cassidy. This bill would make it harder for the over 32,000 West Virginians who receive care for opioid addiction to get the treatment they need, which will devastate communities across the state.

Back in July, Senator Capito said that she “did not come to Washington to hurt people” right before she voted yes on a bill that would have done just that. This time, Senator Capito has to walk the walk - tell her to stand with her constituents over 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 Capito 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 Capito will oppose Graham-Cassidy. This bill would devastate our state’s Mountain Health Choices program, which over 77,000 West Virginians rely on for coverage. We don’t even know how much it will increase premiums or reduce coverage because the Republicans are rushing it through without a full CBO score.

Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginians have the affordable coverage they need, particularly those who are receiving treatment for opioid addiction.

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. It’s time for her to demonstrate that she is willing to do more than talk when it comes to protecting her constituents.

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

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

West VirginiaCaroline Kavit