After almost two months of relative calm on the healthcare front and the creation of bipartisan solutions to stabilize the insurance marketplace, a new healthcare bombshell has been thrown into the Senate in the form of the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. The bill’s sponsors killed off all bipartisan options to give senators no alternative on health care. But their bill disregards polls a majority of Americans who prefer to see a bipartisan solution to healthcare over Obamacare repeal. It also kicks even more Americans off of health care than the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which was rejected by the Senate in July precisely because of how many Americans would have lost their health care if it had passed.
The Congressional Budget Office has warned that it will not be able to do a full assessment of the bill by next week, when a vote is likely to be held on the measure, meaning that Senators will be forced to vote without knowing how the bill will impact premiums nor how many people the bill will (and won’t) cover. Constituents are even less clear about what is in this bill and how it will impact them — such as the fact that 38 states will have less funding under this bill than they do currently, or that block granted funding to the states for health care will end altogether in 2027.
That’s why CNN decided to host a townhall-style debate on its network on Monday night, pitting the bill’s sponsors (Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy) against two of its opponents (Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar).
CALL TO ACTION
- Mark your calendars for Monday evening’s debate on CNN at 9pm ET.
- Call your senators once again today, Monday, and every day through September 30th to reject the Graham-Cassidy bill on behalf of Utahns who would lose critical and everyday coverage alike under the bill.
- Learn about this bad bill and why it is important to speak out against it today. Start here:
- Action Utah: “Why you should oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill“
- CNN: “Six things you better know about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill“
- The New York Times: “Insurers Come Out Swinging Against the new Republican Health Care Bill“
- Washington Post: “Federal estimate shows big win-loss gap among states under Cassidy-Graham bill“
- MSNBC: “GOP eyes special side deal to buy key senator’s health care vote“
- Fox News: “How much does our health care cost? Americans have the right to know“
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