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#ProtectOurCare: Tweet This and Say NO to Graham-Cassidy Bill

There are so many things wrong with our healthcare, it can be the subject of many blogposts. But today let’s focus on the fact that the healthcare that we already have could be made WORSE if the Graham-Cassidy Bill passes.

What is the Graham-Cassidy Bill? What does it do? 

It ends protections for people with preexisting conditions. I can’t even begin to explain how the mere concept of this is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, what the concept of “preexisting conditions” says it that once you’ve been sick (“damaged goods”) we won’t insure you anymore. It’s like we are objects and not people. You know, it’s like when you have to pay more for your auto insurance because your car has been in an accident. The problem is, humans are not things. And that’s one of the problems with health insurance, that it treats people like things. 

I don’t think this concept exists anywhere else in the world, because everywhere else in the receiving healthcare is seen as a right, and not as a privilege, or something that can be bought and sold for profit, which is what health care insurance is in this country. 

Graham-Cassidy would eliminate federal funding for ACA marketplace subsidies and the Medicaid expansion. These would be replaced by block grants* (lump sums) to states. Republicans like to say they are “giving the choices back to the states” but in reality, they are just shifting the burden to states that are already cash-strapped. This is the illusion of choice. 

*Block grants would disappear in 2027. 

The employer and the individual mandate would be eliminated. That means that employers won’t need to provide insurance to their employees (under the ACA if they have over 50 employees, they must and it must be affordable and cover families and children up to 26).

Individuals won’t have to buy insurance. Another way to say that they’ll be saving people money and “giving them choices” when in reality, what is the benefit of not having insurance? You may be healthy but you don’t know when you will get hit by a bus, or trip and fall running to catch the train. Again, this is the illusion of choice, that only affects the people who don’t have money to pay for healthcare costs on their own. 

HOW WILL STATES BE AFFECTED? 

States are set to lost A LOT of money if the Graham-Cassidy Bill become law: (Thanks to MomsRising for this info): 

SAY NO TO GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL! 

ALASKA: If the new Obamacare (health care) repeal bill passes, 41,000 Alaskans would lose their health coverage and Alaska stands to lose $844 MILLION in federal funding by 2027. 

ARIZONA: ​If the new Obamacare (health care) repeal bill passes, over 500,000 Arizonans would lose their health care coverage and Arizona stands to lose $6.9 BILLION in federal funding by 2027. We cannot let this happen! 

MAINE: If the new Obamacare (health care) repeal bill passes, 161,000 Mainers would lose their health care coverage and Maine stands to lose over $1 BILLION in federal funding by 2027. 

SAY NO TO GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL! 

OHIO: If the new Obamacare (health care) repeal bill passes, 809,000 Ohioans would lose their health care coverage and Ohio stands to lose over $10 BILLION in federal funding by 2027. 

WEST VIRGINIA: ​If the new Obamacare (health care) repeal bill passes, 156,000 West Virginians would lose their health care coverage and West Virginia stands to lose over $2 BILLION in federal funding by 2027. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? CALL YOUR SENATORS! 

Here’s a call-in line for Senators: 1-888-496-4842

Call your Governor, too!: 1-844-636-3478

Hashtags: #ProtectOurCare, #DoNoHarm

SAY NO TO GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL! 

TWEET IT OUT! TWEET IT OFTEN! 

USE THESE HASHTAGS: #ProtectOurCare, #DoNoHarm

Thanks to MomsRising for their work on getting the word out, and sharing some tweets to help you have your voice heard! All you have to do is copy and paste into Twitter! 

The #ACA is under threat again! Call your Senators NOW and tell them to #ProtectOurCare. 1-888-496-4842


The #GrahamCassidy bill would take coverage from tens of millions of people. Tell your Senators to #ProtectOurCare. 1-888-496-4842

protect our healthcare- say no to Graham-Cassidy bill


Tell your Senators that we need a #bipartisan health care bill. No more partisan tactics. Call now: 1-888-496-4842 #ProtectOurCare


#GrahamCassidy bill would cap & cut Medicaid for seniors, people w/ disabilities & others. To #ProtectOurCare, call 1-888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm

#GrahamCassidy bill would eliminate #ACA mktplace subsidies, which help ~9 million ppl afford coverage. #ProtectOurCare &call 1-888-496-4842

 

TWEET IT OUT! TWEET IT OFTEN! 


#GrahamCassidy bill promotes #blockgrants. BAD news. Learn more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu6KOA1eQac  #ProtectOurCare & call 888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm

The fight to #ProtectOurCare is not over! Tell your Senators to vote NO on #GrahamCassidy. Call 1-888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm

We must mobilize again to defeat another threat to the #ACA. Tell your Senators to vote NO on #GrahamCassidy. Call 1-888-496-4842

#GrahamCassidy bill would eliminate the #ACA #medicaid expansion. To #ProtectOurCare, call 1-888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm

#GrahamCassidy bill would devastate funding for states that expanded #Medicaid. To #ProtectOurCare, call 1-888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm

Protecting health care for moms, dads & kids should be a piece of cake! To #ProtectOurCare, call 1-888-496-4842 #DoNoHarm 

Check out @NBlard’s post about the health care stories she’s collected! https://www.momsrising.org/blog/95-health-care-stories-and-reasons-to-vote-no-on-graham-cassidy/?source=tw #DoNoHarm #ProtectOurCare

DEMAND A THOUGHTFUL, BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO IMPROVING HEALTHCARE! 

Healthcare represents 1/5 of the American economy and Republicans in Congress just want to swoop some bill through— a bill that hasn’t been properly studied, properly read, and not even scored by the Congressional Budget Office. You know who criticizes bills like that as shady? Why, look at that, It’s Senator Graham himself!

Thanks to the Center for American Progress Action Fund for this great toolkit=> Go to  https://trumpcaretoolkit.org so you can tweet each Republican senator individually! 

The deadline is September 30th — after September 30th, the Senate will need 60 votes in order to pass a bill through, not 51 – so, keep that pressure on! Tweet, call, write, say it loud and proud: NO TO GRAHAM-CASSIDY! #ProtectOurCare

ps. Even if you’re not affected now, you may be one day, so don’t think this doesn’t concern you! 

 

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Diana Limongi
welcome! I'm a Latina working mom from Astoria, NY, mom to a trilingual four-year old. I blog about motherhood, Latino issues, women's issues, work/life balance, food, parenting and raising my multilingual and multicultural son!

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