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Daily Action: The GOP Healthcare Bill Keeps Getting Worse


CONTACT:
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia: (202) 224-6472
Sen. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana: (202) 224-5824
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine: (202) 224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee: (202) 224-3344
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona: (202) 224-4521
Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado: (202) 224-5941
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina: (202) 224-5972
Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada: (202) 224-6244
Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin: (202) 224-5323
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: (202) 224-6665
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky: (202) 224-4343
Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio: (202) 224-3353
Sen. John Thune, South Dakota: (202) 224-2321

Sample script:
Hello! I'm calling to urge the Senator to oppose the latest version of the Republican healthcare bill. Senator Cruz's provision promises to bring back the worthless policies that bankrupted thousands of families during the years before the Affordable Care Act. Policy analysts also say it will create two separate-but-unequal systems -- a cheap and flimsy system for the young, and a high-risk pool for older, sicker Americans that will quickly fall into a "death spiral," leaving tens of millions uncovered. All this, just to give the wealthy a tax cut?!? It's time for Republicans to give up their senseless, spiteful attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act, and instead begin working on ways to make the current system better, cheaper, and more universal. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a new version of the Republicans' flailing healthcare bill -- one that would wreak even more havoc on the system than earlier renditions. It includes a provision, dreamed up by Sen. Ted Cruz, that would allow insurers to offer low-cost, bare-bones policies that might encourage young, healthy Americans to carry a semblance of "coverage." What Cruz envisions is a return to precisely the sorts of policies that threw thousands of middle-class families into financial crisis during the years before the Affordable Care Act, when they discovered that their "coverage" didn't actually cover many medical issues.

Health policy analysts believe the Cruz provision will decimate the insurance marketplace by creating two tracks of coverage -- separating the healthy from the sick, the young from the old, the wealthy from the struggling. They suggest that peeling off the young and healthy will create a High-Risk Pool that insurance companies will be unable to sustain -- particularly without the Medicaid subsidies that Republicans still plan to phase out over the next five years. The resulting "death spiral" will leave insurers fleeing the market, and will leave tens of millions of the most vulnerable Americans uncovered.