Hands Off My Healthcare!
Once again, Republicans in Congress are trying to play politics with our healthcare. Although the American people spoke loudly against the previous TWO attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is back at it again. This time, they actually have a shot at passing the repeal bill with absolutely NO input from the public. Here's what it will mean for North Carolinians:
North Carolina will be one of the hardest hit states if this bill passes. Because of the capped Medicaid system, Graham-Cassidy will cut NC Medicaid funds by over 50%. Now, more than ever, you NEED to call you Senator. Here's a video of how to call, and below is an example of a script you can use:
Sample Call Script (from our friends at Indivisible):
Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator [ ] will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?
Staffer: The Senator hasn’t reviewed the text of the bill yet and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.
Caller: I want Senator [ ] to oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid as we know it by turning Medicaid into a capped system. This hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. It also takes away funding to help people afford health insurance through the marketplace, and it hurts states that have expanded Medicaid.
Staffer: Obamacare is a failure. The Senator believes we must stabilize the market and lower premiums.
Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then supporting the bipartisan, transparent process that Senators Alexander and Murray are leading through regular order would be a better option than supporting the Graham-Cassidy bill. I expect Senator [ ] to respect regular order and reject the Graham-Cassidy bill if it comes to a vote.
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator [ ] to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator [ ] decides to do.