TrumpCare By Another Name: “Graham-Cassidy”
Trump and the Senate Republicans have been put on a tight deadline if they have any hope of passing TrumpCare. They want to make one last push on TrumpCare—a bill known as “Graham-Cassidy”—and it should be taken seriously to make sure we defeat TrumpCare for good.
With a September 30 expiration of the current fiscal year (and also the expiration of the current TrumpCare legislation), Donald Trump wasted no time lighting a fire under Senate Republicans to take another stab at TrumpCare. And despite the tight timeline, some Senate Republicans are not willing to give up on a 7-year goal without one last try and are working on a last ditch effort. And that’s exactly what Republicans are doing now. Senator John McCain, who opposed TrumpCare in July, said that he would support the Graham-Cassidy bill, under certain conditions. If all other Republicans hold, that would give Mitch McConnell the 50 votes plus Vice President Pence’s tie breaker that he needs to jam TrumpCare through the Senate.
Although this bill has not followed “regular order” by having been given a public hearing (or debate) as well as not having been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, it is being rushed through the Senate.
Graham-Cassidy is strikingly similar to earlier TrumpCare bills. While we have not seen final details, we know it still destroys Medicaid as we know it by fundamentally and permanently transforming the program into a per-capita cap.
The bill also still undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions and people who need treatment for opioid abuse by allowing states to waive essential health benefits.
Today’s Calls: Senators Reed and Whitehouse
Topic: Request that the Graham-Cassidy (TrumpCare) bill follow “regular order” and that it works its way through the committee process.
Sen. Jack Reed: (401) 943-3100 or (202) 224-4642
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: (401) 453-5294 or (202) 224-2921