Senators Alexander and Corker are both in the “unclear” column on how they will vote on the Graham-Cassidy Bill. The Senate has until September 30 to pass this with 51 votes. Afterwards, they need 60 which they won’t get. We have just over a week to crank up the pressure and protect the ACA.

Please call Senators Alexander (202) 224-4944 and Corker (202) 224-3344 and implore them to “Vote no on Graham-Cassidy. Don’t take away healthcare from millions. Support bills that will improve the ACA, like Medicare for All.”

Not in Tennessee?

For more, take a look at the comprehensive info below, provided by Doctors for America, a coalition of over 18,000 physicians and medical students from across the country.

DFA ACA Repeal Toolkit

BACKGROUND

Congress is back in Washington and back to their old tricks of trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate leadership has reiterated that repealing the ACA will be a priority before the end of the month and they are, reportedly, closing in on the votes they need to get it done. A vote has been set for the last week in September.

The new repeal bill, known as Cassidy-Graham-Heller, is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA. It would cause virtually all of the same devastating impacts as previous repeal bills already rejected by the Senate, such as:

  • cutting health coverage and raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions
  • slashing Medicaid, converting the traditional Medicaid program to a per capita cap, and ending the expansion
  • allowing states to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions

Doctors and medical students have made it clear it’s time to move on from repeal. We expect Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, protect children’s health, and take steps to help patients afford the coverage they need. It’s time to put an end to repeal attempts once and for all.

12 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST GOP HEALTH CARE REPEAL

  1. MASSIVE STATE BY STATE FUNDING CUTS. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report showing in 2027, every state in the nation would see federal funding cuts under Graham-Cassidy-Heller, totaling nearly $300 billion.
  2. NO FULL CBO SCORE. The Congressional Budget Office announced it would not be able to produce a complete analysis on Graham-Cassidy-Heller that includes the impact on deficits, how many will lose coverage or the increase in premiums by September 30.  Senator Bill Cassidy admitted “I just don’t care about the coverage numbers.”
  3. PRE-EXISTING CONDITION PREMIUM HIKES. The Center for American Progress released a report showing how much more people with pre-existing conditions would pay each year under Graham-Cassidy-Heller. For example, an individual with asthma would face a premium surcharge of $4,340. The surcharge for pregnancy would be $17,320 and $142,650 more for patients with metastatic cancer.
  4. WORSE THAN BEFORE. Fitch Rating Agency found that this bill was “more disruptive for most states than prior Republican efforts.” The Washington Post found this bill is worse than previous health care repeal bills, writing “”The latest Obamacare overhaul bill gaining steam on Capitol Hill slashes health-care spending more deeply and would likely cover fewer people than a July bill that failed precisely because of such concerns.”
  5. MORE UNINSURED VETS. Rand Corp study showing Republican repeal efforts would increase the number of uninsured veterans. The report showed that the ACA’s Medicaid expansion had increased coverage for low-income veterans who lived further from VA facilities. The report found that the ACA was responsible for reducing the uninsured rate of veterans by about one-third, from 9.1% to 5.8%, in 2015.
  6. MORE UNINSURED CHILDREN. The Center for American Progress released an analysis showing that children are at immediate risk of losing coverage in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah with CHIP funding running out quickly.
  7. KEY STAKEHOLDERS OPPOSE. The AARP, AMA, six leading physician groups, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and 15 more high-profile patient groups and Children’s Hospital Association are all unified in opposing the Republican repeal bill.
  8. GOP GOVERNORS OPPOSE. Republican Governors from Alaska, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have come out against the plan.
  9. FAILS THE MCCAIN TEST. The NYT’s David Leonhardt’s column, “John McCain Faces a New Test of His Principles.”
  10. RAND PAUL IS A ‘NO.’ GOP Senator Rand Paul opposes Graham-Cassidy-Heller, writing in an op-ed, “In all ways, this bill is also ObamaCare Lite. In no way is it repeal the way we promised. I will oppose this bill as I did the other fake repeal bills, and I urge those who want repeal to do so, as well.“
  11. INCLUDES THE AGE TAX. This repeal bill still lets insurance companies charge up to 5 times more for people over 50, what AARP has dubbed an “Age Tax”.
  12. NO GUARANTEE IN THE HOUSE. Because this repeal bill is worse than previous ones, the Washington Post reports “Would the House pass Graham-Cassidy-Heller? It’s not a slam dunk.”

KEY ARTICLES

  • Washington Post: “The new GOP health-care measure goes further than the failed one”
  • VOX: “How Cassidy-Graham brings back preexisting conditions”
  • POLITICO: “Obamacare repeal plan won’t get full CBO analysis by key deadline”
  • Axios: “What’s missing from Graham-Cassidy”
  • Center for American Progress: Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Would Cause Huge Premium Increases for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Washington Post: Another execrable health-care bill proves bad ideas never die
  • Bloomberg: GOP Health Bill Would End Guarantee That Sick People Won’t Pay More
  • Huffington Post: The Sponsors Of Obamacare Repeal Are Trying To Fool America — And Fellow Republicans
  • Politico: Kimmel, not Cassidy, is right on health care, analysts say
  • CAP: Coverage Losses by State Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal the ACA

KEY POINTS

Graham-Cassidy-Heller: Worse than Other Repeal Bills

Despite bipartisan opposition in the Senate and overwhelming opposition from the American people, Senate leaders are once again trying to repeal our health care. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller repeal plan is a last-ditch effort to take away care through the same damaging, secretive, and partisan approach. The American people already rejected previous disastrous repeal plans that cut coverage, raise costs, weaken vital protections and ends Medicaid as we know it. Instead of voting on this repeal bill, Senate leaders should keep working through a bipartisan process to lower costs.

  • Worse Than Other Repeal Bills. In fact, with it’s massive Medicaid cuts, this health care repeal is even worse than the ones that have come before it – cutting federal health care funding by over ¼ by 2026 and to zero by 2027, resulting in $300 billion in total lost funding in every state. Fitch Rating Agency found that this bill was “more disruptive for most states than prior Republican efforts.”
    • It still guts Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars and it eliminates Medicaid expansion.
    • It still could allow states to let insurance companies once again charge people with pre-existing conditions more and allows states to gut other key protections.
    • It still strips health care from patients with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes, children and other vulnerable populations.
    • It still allows states to let insurance companies charge up to 5 times more for patients over 50.
    • It still means tens of millions would have their health care taken away – up to 32 million.
    • And, for the first time, the Republican repeal bill eliminates tax credits that make health care more affordable for patients with coverage through the ACA.
  • Cuts Coverage. Raises Costs. Eliminates Protections. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has shown that every health care repeal effort has meant cuts to coverage, cost increases and gutting protections that patients depend on. Graham-Cassidy is no different.

 

  • Breaking Promise of Open, Regular Process. This partisan repeal bill, written in secret without hearings or analysis, is more of the same that Senators promised they wouldn’t do. They promised regular order and public debate before repealing ⅙ of our economy and what they’ve given us is even less transparency.

 

  • Already Rejected. The American people have already overwhelmingly rejected repeal of health care and they don’t want to go backward. It’s the least popular piece of legislation in 30 years with favorability around 25% in most polls. They want to move on to bipartisan solutions that strengthen our health care system and reduce costs.
  • Rushing for Partisan Politics. Republicans are rushing through this partisan, harmful repeal bill in just 2 weeks. Doing this puts in jeopardy the bipartisan, open process that’s begun in Senate Health Committee to strengthen our health care system.

TAKE ACTION

Calls, calls, calls

Calls are a top priority. We need to drive as many calls as possible into Senate offices, especially if you live in a target state.

District office meetings/events

Members of Congress will be back home in their districts. This is the perfect time to visit them and make your voice heard. Request a meeting with your member of Congress or connect with  partners for events on the ground.

Social

Health professionals stand united in opposing the #GrahamCassidy repeal bill. Call your Senators and tell them to #KillTheBill: 202-224-3121

We have fought before. We have won before. We must not stop until we #KillTheBill. Call on your Senators to #VoteNO on #GrahamCassidy.

This is the #GrahamCassidy prescription for care. In short, it’s lethal. Call 202-224-3121. #ProtectOurCare #KillTheBill @Drsforamerica

Doctors know that coverage is good medicine. #GrahamCassidy is a lethal prescription for health care. #PatientsOverPolitics #ProtectOurCare

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