Hi, MoveOn member,
This is Robert Reich. I'm going to cut right to the chase, because we don't have much time.
This week, probably on Wednesday or Thursday, Senate Republicans are planning to vote on the latest—and cruelest—version of Trumpcare. To stop the bill, we need three Republicans to vote no. So far, a handful of Republicans have expressed concerns—and John McCain came out on Friday saying he couldn't vote for the bill, which is a huge relief.
But don't be fooled: We don't have enough public commitments from Republican senators yet. If we ease up on the public outcry against this bill, it could absolutely still pass this week and yank health care away from over 32 million people.
We have just a couple of days left to mobilize the overwhelming grassroots pressure needed to save health care for tens of millions of people. Will you help MoveOn pull it off?
Like previous versions of the bill, the Graham-Cassidy proposal will take away health care from tens of millions of Americans, remove protections for pre-existing conditions, and end Medicaid as we know it.
But this bill includes new and especially damaging provisions:
- It explicitly aims to take money away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—mostly blue states—and give it to the Republican states that refused to allow their working poor to access the program.
- Medicaid is turned into a block grant program, and states aren't even required to use the money to provide health care.
- It eliminates the individual mandate and doesn't even try to replace it with another approach, virtually guaranteeing the collapse of the individual market as healthy people flee the market leaving only the sickest and most expensive clients paying in.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the bill is even "more radical" than the previous versions of Trumpcare.1 Insurance companies have come out against it, as has a national organization of Medicaid program directors, with includes members from the reddest of red states.2,3
And the polling shows that the bill is as unpopular as it deserves to be. Just 24% of Americans support this latest version of Trumpcare, while the Affordable Care Act is supported by 54%.4
This is pretty much the worst piece of legislation that I've ever seen. We must defeat it. Will you chip in $3?
I believe that MoveOn's plan to fight this bill can work. With your help, they will:
- Ensure that Republicans are flooded with hundreds of thousands of phone calls in the final 72-hour stretch by reaching out directly to Americans who need a personal phone call or text message to take action.
- Make sure that people know about rallies, protests, and vigils in their community—and encourage them to participate.
- Run hard-hitting ads featuring stories of Americans in key states who will lose coverage if this travesty of a bill becomes law.
- And more.
Thanks for all you do.
1. "I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical." Vox, September 20, 2017
2. "Medicaid directors issue warning on new ObamaCare repeal bill," The Hill, September 17, 2017
3. "Top doctor, hospital, and insurance groups release joint statement urging the Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy bill," Business Insider, September 23, 2017
4. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy," Vox, September 22, 2017
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