Latest ACA Repeal Effort is Devastating and Deliberately Anti-California

Health Access California emailed the following action-alert regarding the current effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a bill sponsored by GOP Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. The following message summarizes the bill perfectly and includes steps you can take today to fight the Graham-Cassidy bill and protect Medicaid.

You can also visit the Health Access California website for more resources and analysis.

 

“…Republicans in Congress are yet again moving forward on a last-ditch plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing the health care of millions of Americans. 

But this latest effort is even worse than before. In fact, this new bill by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is a deliberate and devastating attack on California. This Graham-Cassidy proposal explicitly steals money from California to lessen impact—and buy votes—from other states.

The legislation would repeal funding for the ACA and cut and cap Medicaid. This would disproportionately cut California’s health care by a massive $28 billion a year by 2026, and a staggering $58 billion in 2027 and beyond, according to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

An author of Graham-Cassidy, former Senator Rick Santorum, said it plainly to Breitbart News on August 22nd: “What you can do is redistribute this money that has been heaped upon…ultra-blue, very wealthy states.” He continues, “If California simply wants to expand Medicaid with this money, good luck. They’re going to have to cut their program dramatically because they don’t have the money with what they’re funding now.”

Congressional leaders are looking to jam this through to a vote in the Senate and the House, with few committee hearings and little public input, to try and meet a September 30th deadline. Given the detrimental and disproportionate harm this could do to our state, our California congressional delegation, including the 14 members who voted for previous ACA repeal bills, must immediately and vehemently denounce this bill. 

Take Action: Call Your Member of Congress NOW and Urge them to OPPOSE Devastating Graham-Cassidy Bill!

What else you can do:

  1. We’re starting up our phone banks again! Find an event near you to call constituents in Alaska and Arizona urging them to reach out to their Senators to oppose the bill.
  2. Retweet to ask these CA congressional members to oppose #GrahamCassidy:
  3. Learn more about Graham-Cassidy’s threats to our health care:
  4. Share your story about how the Affordable Care Act has helped you.

We look forward to and need your help for this crucial phase of the #Fight4OurHealth.”