Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: the Graham-Cassidy edition

☎️ Call your senators, people, this is serious. The latest version of Trumpcare, the Graham-Cassidy bill (or “GCHJ,” an abbreviation for “Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson,” four senators involved in the bill, and a second attempt to sidestep the bill being labeled as “Trumpcare”), is even worse than the bills before it.

Visit to call your Senators and voice your opposition today – takes five minutes, I promise. You can also call (202) 224-3121 for the senate switchboard in DC and connect to your senator’s Washington offices.

If you’re a nervous caller or just aren’t sure what to say, and need a script, use for a script.

5 Things to Read Today (9/20/17)

Washington Post: Graham-Cassidy bill would cut funding to 34 states, new report shows
“The latest Senate Republican drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would sharply reduce federal spending on health insurance and cause 34 states to lose such funding, according to an analysis that details the checkerboard of winners and losers the plan would create.”

Washington Post: There’s one Obamacare repeal bill left standing. Here’s what’s in it.
“On the whole, Aron-Dine says, ‘This is a lot more similar to the [Senate repeal bill] than different. All of them end with devastating cuts to marketplace subsidies, Medicaid, and weakening of consumer protections.'”

Politico: Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know
“Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have drafted the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. The bill would overhaul or eliminate major sections of the health care law, including its subsidized insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion.”

Vox: GOP senators are rushing to pass Graham-Cassidy. We asked 9 to explain what it does.
“Far less clear is exactly how Graham-Cassidy would pull off this feat without resulting in millions of Americans losing their insurance — and the number of millions is still unknown, since any vote would likely have to come before the Congressional Budget Office completes its analysis of the bill. The GOP senators insisted that the tens of billions in cuts to federal health spending proposed in the bill would not result in coverage losses because, they said, the states would have more flexibility.”

Vox: The bait and switch at the heart of the new Obamacare repeal bill
“Here’s the catch: The bill doesn’t just move around Obamacare’s spending. It severely cuts federal spending on health care overall — both for Obamacare and for traditional Medicaid. And since covering people costs money, the result will inevitably be that millions of people will lose coverage.”

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