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Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

This is it. TrumpCare is back and Republicans are as close as they’ve ever been to passing it. The time to act is now. Call Rob Portman’s offices. Attend a statewide action. Tell him to oppose this bill because of all the Ohioans that lose coverage. Because it jeopardizes women’s health. Because it ends Medicaid as we know it. Because people will die as a result of this bill.

CALL THE D.C. OFFICE (202) 224-3353
EMAIL CHIEF OF STAFF  mark_isakowitz@portman.senate.gov
EMAIL DEP. CHIEF OF STAFF Pam.thiessen@portman.senate.gov
EMAIL HEALTH STAFFER  sarah_schmidt@portman.senate.gov

Graham-Cassidy
Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. Under the bill, Ohio stands to lose $2.5 billion in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 1.9 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 220,000 Ohioans relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy.

After the defeat of TrumpCare in July, Senator Portman said he would work across the aisle on health care—but there is nothing bipartisan about Graham-Cassidy. Tell him: support a bipartisan approach, like he said he would, and vote NO on Graham-Cassidy.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Portman will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Caller: I want Senator Portman 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. Our state would lose $2.5 billion in federal funding because of this bill.

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 Portman to respect regular order and reject the Graham-Cassidy bill if it comes to a vote.

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

 

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