I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the new “Cassidy-Graham” health care bill that is moving forward in the Senate. By Senate rules, it must be voted on by September 30th.
It’s kind of a stealth bill—a last chance to repeal and replace Obamacare. It has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, and that will have to happen before a Senate vote. The scheduling may work out that a CBO score will come out just before a vote without the opportunity for pro-Obamacare forces to react.
The bill’s biggest vice is that it leaves lot of decision-making to the states and it will gut Obamacare. Here’s Paul Krugman’s take: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/
The last time the repeal Obamacare vote lost was because John McCain voted against it (along with Murkowski and Collins). This time, I think he will vote for it, not least because Lindsey Graham is his big bud in the Senate.
I am hoping that someone will organize a rally in SF or Sacramento next weekend, so keep a lookout for that.
In the meantime, here are some things I think we can do, even though there is no actual bill yet. Call it the “impending” bill or some such.
ACTION PLAN FOR THIS WEEK
- Call and email McCain’s office and remind him that he has publicly said he will not support a bill that does not go through (the Senate’s) “Regular Order” (meaning open committee hearings, etc.). The Cassidy-Graham bill will not be going through Regular Order. Ask him to keep his promise.
- Call and email Sens. Murkowski and Collins and ask them to stand tall again against the bill.
- Call and email Sen. Rand Paul’s office and ask him to vote against. (He has said he’s against it because it “keeps too much” of Obamacare (!!!! Whatever.) But he has made statements like that before and then re-entered the Republican fold.
- Call and email Feinstein’s and Harris’ office and ask them to work persuade their Republican colleagues to vote against the bill. Tell Harris to work on “Medicare for All” after September 30th, and to focus on defeating the Cassidy-Graham bill now.
- Focus on this bill in the next two weeks and try to figure out which Senators might also vote against it. Let the rest of us know.
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