Urgent action needed: The Senate is making a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We can’t let them take away healthcare for millions!
This week is critical! Call your senators and tell them to oppose ACA repeal.
Last week, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a bill in a last-minute attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the deadline for passing repeal legislation with only 50 votes expires on September 30. The Senate plans to vote on the bill later this week.
Like the previous repeal efforts, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause an estimated 32 million people to lose health insurance and would slash Medicaid funding, including for supportive housing services that benefit people experiencing homelessness. The bill would roll back Medicaid expansion and change the structure of the program, turning it into a block grant and dramatically cutting its funding. The bill would also allow states to impose work requirements on people receiving Medicaid benefits. These changes would be devastating for low income households, especially homeless individuals receiving supportive services through Medicaid.
It is critical that housing advocates call their senators and ask them to oppose any healthcare bill that cuts, caps, or phases out Medicaid for millions of the lowest income people. This bill will be defeated if three Republican senators reject it. Your calls can make the difference.
To contact your senators, call the congressional switchboard toll free at 202-224-3121. When you call, you can use the following script to guide your advocacy:
"Hello, my name is _____ and I live in [city, zip]. I'm calling because Senator ___ should oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. This latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act will take health insurance away from as tens of millions of Americans, including many people experiencing homelessness, and it will dismantle Medicaid as we know it. I urge the senator to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and start working towards bipartisan healthcare reform."
Thank you for your advocacy!