The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is back.
A legislative proposal introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to repeal Obamacare may go to a vote before the end of the month.
The Graham-Cassidy bill would end subsidies to help consumers pay for private insurance and would roll back the Medicaid expansion. States would receive lump-sum payments to put towards health care instead, but overall funding would greatly decrease. The effects of this bill would be similar to that of the other failed repeal attempts: millions would lose health insurance and health care costs would increase. This proposal would also remove important federal protections for consumers that require insurers to cover essential health benefits and to provide coverage regardless of preexisting conditions.
The bill has been picking up steam in the Senate. Senator Cassidy claims that there are already 48 Republican senators supporting it and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly announced that he will bring the bill to a vote if he believes that 50 senators back the effort.
However, there is an important timeline restriction. At the end of the month, the Senate can no longer use the reconciliation process to pass repeal; a process that currently allows the Senate Republicans to pass a bill with only 50 votes, assuming a tie-breaking vote by the Vice President. After this period, they would need 60 votes to avoid being blocked by a Democratic filibuster.
The last repeal attempt hinged on a single vote. Putting enough pressure on key senators can completely change the outcome of repeal, so we need to apply as much pressure as possible before the end of the month.
How you can help as a Massachusetts resident:
Our congressional delegation is with us in the fight to protect the ACA. Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren firmly oppose any attempts to repeal the ACA. You may wonder if there is anything you can do as a Massachusetts resident to block this new effort to take coverage away from millions of people nationwide. The good news is that you can still make a difference by joining our friends and family campaign! We are urging residents in the Commonwealth to contact friends and relatives in other states and have them reach out to their own senators.
Below is a list of some of the major senators to target, and numbers to their D.C. offices. You can also tell friends and family in other states to use the dialer on https://www.savemycare.org/ They can just click on the box labeled “call your senators” and provide their zip code and phone number, and they’ll get a call that will connect them directly to their senator’s office.
Alaska: Senator Lisa Murkowski: (202) 224-6665
Arizona: Senator John McCain: (202) 224-2235
Colorado: Senator Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941
Kansas: Senator Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
Maine: Senator Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Nevada : Senator Dean Heller (202) 224-6244
North Carolina: Senator Thom Tillis (202) 224-6342
North Dakota: Senator John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
Ohio: Senator Rob Portman (202) 224-3353
West Virginia: Senator Shelley Moore Capito (202) 224-6472
You can also access this website www.trumpcareten.org and use the call scripts there as a guide to contact these and other senators. There is also a general call script for any senators for which the website does not have a specific script.
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Republican Governors can also play a major role in influencing Senators. People who live in two states in particular are urged to call their Governor's office and ask that they express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill. They are:
Maryland: Governor Larry Hogan (410) 974-3901
Vermont: Governor Phil Scott (802) 828-3333