~ An important message from our colleagues at Families USA about the Graham-Cassidy Bill ~
The Senate may vote as early as next Wednesday on the last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We didn’t expect them to get this close and we have only a few days to stop them.
This weekend, senators are in their home states for a “mini-recess.” When they return on Monday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill with a possible floor vote on Wednesday.
Join events this weekend and contact your senators urging them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill that would repeal health care for millions.
Take action to stop Graham-Cassidy from devastating our health care
We don’t have much time to stop this. Here are 4 steps that you can take to prevent the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill from passing.
1. Call your senator at 866-426-2631. Urge your senator to publicly oppose the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill. Tell your senator to oppose any bill that cuts or caps Medicaid and waives protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
2. Attend events in your state: View our event list to find a health care rally or forum near you. Give your members of Congress a concrete way to see that you and your community will not stand for health care being ripped away from millions.
3. Email your senator: Use our tool to email your senator directly to oppose repeal legislation.
4. Tweet at your senators: Tag your senators on Twitter and urge them to reject the Graham-Cassidy legislation.
Talking points on the damage Graham-Cassidy would cause
The Graham-Cassidy bill, like previous bills to repeal health care that were already rejected this summer in the Senate, would have a devastating impact on America’s families. Specifically, Graham-Cassidy would:
Cause more than 30 million people to lose their health insurance
Make devastating cuts to the expanded Medicaid program. Under Graham-Cassidy, the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion would end altogether by 2027, throwing millions of people off their coverage.
Cap funding for the traditional Medicaid program, which provides vital care to seniors, children, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations.
Cut funding for the financial assistance that helps people purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.
Allow states to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions and to end the requirements that insurers cover a set of essential health benefits like prescription drugs, maternity care, and mental health care.