Latest Version of the Legislative Evil Known as Trumpcare – RED ALERT!!!

Andy Slavitt‏Verified account @ASlavitt

1/ Graham Cassidy would hurt millions of ppl & make care unaffordable but the conservative case for the bill is also not a good one.

1a/ The natural consequence is a chintzier ACA, higher costs, taxes no lower and maybe higher & less state flexibility.

2/ A conservative case for GC would hinge on adding flexibility or choice to states & consumers, ⬇️ cost, or cutting taxes. GC does none.

3/ Far from adding flexibility to a state, GC is a nightmare 4 states. Billions are cut & states face the wind down of the program in ’26

4/ And if states want 2 build their own program, they couldn’t w no certain Fed $ in 27 & reduced funds. Even red states will leave ACA.

4a/ I have designed & built these systems & worked w many states. Few states can actually do much different.

5/ Far from Federalism, states would be treated one-size-fits-all by ignoring state differences in cost & practice ACA accounts for.

6/ Far from conservative, incentives are upside down– rewarding states who have done poorly in finding ways to cover more people.

7/ Graham Cassidy drops the ind mandate which drives up costs for consumers. Instability reduces competition. Even worse…

8/ Waivers which allow states not to cover certain services or pre-ex give insurers incentives to drop coverage 4 key svs like maternity.

9/ Insurers under GC would offer ltd services. Consistency breeds competition. Swiss cheese insurance increases OOP costs & consumer BK.

10/ More profit for insurers, increased bad debt & that means premiums for everyone, including employer coverage, would go back up.

11/ People in their 50s & 60s wld be declaring bankruptcy. Younger people wld have Swiss cheese policies. Conservative vision?

PLEASE CALL.

Here are some helpful hints:

1. Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, trumpcareten.org has special scripts for you.

2. Text “resist” to 504-09 and in about a minute you will be able to fax your Rep, Senators, and Governor. There is an option to send a letter and I read on twitter that @resistbot is amassing a huge team of volunteers to deliver the letters.

Here are script help for calls:

For both local and national numbers, recommended scripts and approaches:

1. Call Your Reps
2. 5calls.org
3. Votesmart.org

Also..

CALL YOUR GOVERNOR!
Ask your Governor’s office if they know how much money your state will LOSE if Trumpcare is inacted.

Once again….
Trumpcare – ALL VERSIONS OF IT – are nothing but TAX CUT BILLS masquerading as Healthcare bills.

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41 Responses to Latest Version of the Legislative Evil Known as Trumpcare – RED ALERT!!!

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  14. rikyrah says:

    hmmm

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:
    September 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    So I decided to call McCain’s office regarding ACA

    What the hell: though I’m not an AZ resident, I have a relative who is.

    Phoenix – (602) 952-2410

    Tucson – (520) 670-6334

    WashingtonDC (202) 224-2235 – press #1

    The DC has voice mail, at first the automated message suggests using email, but if you hang on it will connect you to voicemail.

    I asked him not to vote for bill that has no bipartisan support, nor a bill that only has 50 votes, nor a bill that tampers with pre-existing conditions, nor a bill that tampers with medicaid.

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  19. rikyrah says:

    hmmph

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  22. rikyrah says:

    Why are the GOP so hellbent on passing LEGAL GENOCIDE? #NoACARepeal #ProtectOurCare NO ON #GrahamCassidy
    — bardgal (@bardgal) September 19, 2017

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  23. rikyrah says:

    Just called Lisa Murkowski’s office & was told they WELCOME calls from those outside the state.
    Please call! 202.224.6665 #GrahamCassidy
    — ❄️Mama Snowflake❄️️ (@northeast_mama) September 18, 2017

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  24. rikyrah says:

    What’s going on here is clear: Republicans are sabotaging the bipartisan deal to push Graham-Cassidy. https://t.co/b7m2fQnr0P pic.twitter.com/M8LRsynoPw
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 19, 2017

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  25. rikyrah says:

    The GOP has 11 days to ram Graham-Cassidy through the Senate. Here’s what you can do, from red & blue states alike: https://t.co/sJ1dLwz2eS pic.twitter.com/SXgHcDVbIT
    — Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) September 19, 2017

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  26. rikyrah says:

    This goes far beyond the BCRA, McConnell’s bill that failed. It is the complete wiping out of protections for pre-existing conditions. https://t.co/6q2WLUu6XS
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 15, 2017

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Are
    Really Ticking Me Off
    Stop Assaulting Health Care
    Stop #GrahamCassidy
    Call – 202-224-3121
    Save #ACApic.twitter.com/LD6egLnsP8
    — Wisdom Rocks (@GetWisdomDude) September 19, 2017

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  28. rikyrah says:

    The new #Trumpcare will leave millions uninsured, and Nevada will lose $250 million alone, yet @SenDeanHeller is backing it #nvsen pic.twitter.com/KGP5bCuv2f
    — American Bridge (@American_Bridge) September 19, 2017

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  29. rikyrah says:

    Listen when @sarahkliff says this: Cassidy-Graham “is, in my view, the most radical Republican health plan to date” https://t.co/3tsj1auEJR
    — Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 19, 2017

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Say it with me boys and girls…

    THIS IS NOT A HEALTHCARE BILL
    HEALTHCARE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
    THIS IS A TAX CUT BILL.

    Republicans take aim at their own constituents’ health care
    09/19/17 11:21 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Yesterday morning, many involved in the health care debate were keeping an eye on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R). The thinking was, if the Republican governor balked at the Graham-Cassidy health care plan pending in the Senate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would use Ducey’s opposition as reason to reject the bill, which would likely kill it.

    Some health care advocates were cautiously optimistic: independent analyses showed that Arizona would be punished more than most states by the Republican health care overhaul, so it stood to reason that Ducey would announce his opposition to the legislation – if for no other reason, because it would hurt the interests of his own constituents.

    As it turned out, however, it didn’t matter. The Arizona governor formally endorsed the plan anyway, making it a bit more likely that McCain will do the same.

    It’s all quite counter-intuitive. Ordinarily, explaining to policymakers that their own states would suffer as a result of a proposal is usually a powerful argument, since elected officials are supposed to be reluctant to undermine the interests of the voters who put them in office. But when it comes to health care, and the Graham-Cassidy bill in particular, this doesn’t seem to matter as much as it should.

    The latest Senate Obamacare repeal bill would “uniquely” and “disproportionately” hurt a key sponsor’s home state, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

    Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee wrote a letter Monday to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to share her “deep concerns” with the repeal and replace bill that he’s helped to craft…. As Senate Republicans jockey to get 50 votes to support the bill, Gee warned Cassidy that his plan to cut Medicaid expansion would jeopardize coverage for 433,000 Louisiana residents, a move that would be a “detrimental step backwards for Louisiana.”

    What’s more, Cassidy isn’t alone on this front.

    There are four main co-sponsors of the current GOP plan, and while Cassidy’s constituents would certainly take a severe hit as a result of his own legislation, the same is true of Sen. Dean Heller (R) of Nevada, another member of the quartet. Vox noted yesterday that Nevada, one of 31 states to embrace Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also stands to lose millions if Heller’s bill becomes law.

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    On health care, Republicans are prepared to govern in the dark
    09/19/17 09:20 AM—UPDATED 09/19/17 09:37 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The series of events is familiar to anyone who cares about health care: Republicans unveil a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act; partisans on the right get excited; health care advocates start to panic; the media notes that the bill has momentum; and then the Congressional Budget Office pours a bucket of reality on the whole endeavor.

    This time, however, will be a little different. GOP senators are moving forward with Graham-Cassidy – arguably their worst repeal proposal to date – but data from the Congressional Budget Office won’t save the day this time. The Washington Post reported:

    Congress’s nonpartisan budget analyst said it is working to provide a “preliminary assessment” of the latest Republican health-care bill by early next week but will not estimate how the measure would affect health insurance premiums or the number of people with medical coverage until later.

    The notice Monday from the Congressional Budget Office angered Democrats, who planned to use the complete figures to hammer the Graham-Cassidy legislation, which is picking up steam in the Senate ahead of a possible vote within two weeks.

    As the New York Times added, under the budget reconciliation process – the process that allows Republicans to advance their bill with 50 votes instead of 60 – the legislation will need some kind of cost estimate from the CBO. The budget office intends to comply “early next week,” just days before the Senate’s health care deadline, with some kind of data.

    But unlike the other recent health care fights, this CBO “score” won’t say how many Americans will lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy or how much the bill will hurt consumers trying to buy coverage.

    To be sure, the CBO could provide senators with those figures, but the data won’t be available before the Senate’s Sept. 30 deadline. And that leaves Republican leaders with a choice between governing responsibly, with a full understanding of their bill’s consequences, or legislating in the dark.

    Take a wild guess which approach the GOP is prepared to embrace.

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  33. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Repeal crusade puts John McCain’s principles to the test
    09/19/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In late July, in the wake of a scary cancer diagnosis, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered stirring remarks on the Senate floor, making the case that his party was pursuing an overhaul of the nation’s health care system the wrong way. Republican leaders blew off his concerns and assumed the Arizonan would toe the party line.

    He didn’t. McCain joined a bipartisan group of senators and derailed the GOP repeal crusade.

    In the days and weeks that followed, when McCain wasn’t receiving cancer treatment, he was laying out his legislative principles with passion and depth. The veteran lawmaker hasn’t just casually expressed procedural preferences; McCain made a commitment to the kind of policymaking he wants to see in the United States.

    The senator has done so repeatedly, in op-eds, in interviews, and in speeches. Just 12 days ago, McCain said in a statement that any legislative endeavor such as health care reform “must” – not “should,” not “it’d be nice,” but “must” – follow regular order.

    And now we’re going to find out if he meant it. The New York Times’ David Leonhardt explained this morning:

    The latest Trumpcare, known as Graham-Cassidy, risks the Senate’s credibility again. There has been none of the regular process that McCain demanded, not even a Congressional Budget Office analysis. No major medical group – not doctors, nurses, hospitals or advocates for the treatment of cancer, diabetes or birth defects – supports the bill.

    Passing it would violate every standard that McCain laid down…. There is reason to believe McCain will stand firm, starting with his sense of personal honor.

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    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 9/18/17
    Democrats prep for another fight to defend Obamacare from GOP
    Senator Mazie Hirono talks with Rachel Maddow about the Republican drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act and how her personal story as a cancer patient and immigrant resonates with her constituents.

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    Quick Takes: Another Unprecedented Attempt to Repeal Obamacare
    A roundup of news that caught my eye today.

    by Nancy LeTourneau
    September 18, 2017

    * There are a few words that seem inadequate to capture some of the political extremes we are witnessing these days. For example, when it comes to people like Trump and McConnell, “hypocrisy” doesn’t come close capturing the extent to which they’re willing to hold themselves to a completely different standard than they do their opponents. Another word that is feeling pretty inadequate lately is “unprecedented.” For example:

    In order to get the bill through, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cut off all debate, prevent any amendments, and refuse any discussion. It’s a combination that has never been used before. It’s a genuinely unprecedented shutdown of the Senate. For anyone who claimed to be concerned over the way previous Republican bills were pushed, it might seem that this institution-flattening excercise in power would be a deal-breaker … or maybe not.

    In addition to a process that’s ripping up the Senate rules, there have been no public hearings. There is no CBO score. The total amount of discussion will be limited to two minutes, with no amendments, no other votes.

    * It’s not hard to guess why Republicans are attracted to this particular effort to repeal Obamacare.

    Under the current proposal, federal healthcare funding in California would drop by $57,547 per person. New Yorkers would see a loss of $33,058. No other state even comes close. For many red states like Wyoming and South Dakota, the bill is a wash, dropping funding less than $1,000 over a decade. The formula has been deliberately crafted to punish states that vote for Democrats while protecting those that vote for Republicans. The effect could not be more brazen if they simply announced it.

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  36. rikyrah says:

    The momentum behind Graham-Cassidy isn’t coming from the substance of the bill. It’s coming from the Sep 30 deadline https://t.co/xag9XUwXZJ
    — igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) September 19, 2017

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  37. rikyrah says:

    Unless we’re as obsessed with killing this thing as the GOP is with gutting Medicaid and uninsuring up to 32 million, this is going to pass. https://t.co/ABTfintsxJ
    — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 19, 2017

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  38. rikyrah says:

    Thread by expert on poverty & policy—esp re Medicaid https://t.co/sbrMlSZvaP
    — Ben Wikler (@benwikler) September 19, 2017

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  39. rikyrah says:

    Health coverage for all is fundamentally about equalizing freedom. W/o it, your opportunities & capabilities are restricted.
    — Indivar Dutta-Gupta (@IndivarD) September 19, 2017

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