Time has come to call Senator Portman, again, and let him know our opinion on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act. The bill named after its sponsors Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson, is hatched out of urgency: the Senate would not be able to vote a reconciliation bill (with a 51 vote majority) after the end of the fiscal year, September 30th, weeks before the CBO could evaluate its impact on healthcare benefits and also the healthcare industry.
Under its terms, states would receive and manage block grants from the federal government. Medicaid would become a capped program funded per capita starting in 2020. Medicaid expansion would phase out by 2027 and cost sharing subsidies would disappear in 2020. Employer and individual mandates would no longer be enforced. States would apply for waivers under the condition that “they must have adequate and affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions” affecting the definition and coverage of essential health benefits and the determination of premiums depending on age.
Ohio Governor John Kasich has already co-signed a bipartisan letter opposing this bill and urging the Senate to consider pursuing the bipartisan effort initiated by Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee for a comprehensive reform of the healthcare system.
Senator Portman has indicated that he will support this latest healthcare bill!
Call his offices at these numbers and tell him to vote NO.
D.C.: 202-224-3353, Cleveland: 216-522-7095, Columbus: 614-469-6774