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The threat is not dead!

The threat to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is not dead! Take action TODAY.

Call Senator Portman and let him know that the latest effort to repeal and replace the ACA is WORSE for Ohioans than previous bills.

Graham-Cassidy redistribution chart

Last week, Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham introduced legislation that will slash health care spending more deeply and cover fewer people than the bill that failed in July to repeal the ACA. Republican Senators – including moderates who opposed previous repeal and replace efforts – have not ruled out supporting this bill. The politics surrounding passage of this effort are complicated and fluid, and reports out of Washington indicate that prospects for passage are improving “by the hour”.

This bill will cut federal health care spending MORE than the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and target those cuts more directly at states (including Ohio) that expanded Medicaid. It will also end Medicaid as an entitlement and convert it to a per capita system.

This will result in thousands of Ohioans losing coverage, including people living with HIV. The bill also allows states to opt out of virtually all of the ACA’s insurer regulations and essential health benefits like prescription drugs, labs, hospitalization, contraception, preventive services and much more.

The bill will not provide definite protection against charging higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions such as HIV. In short, this bill is disastrous and will have further reaching and more negative effects than previous repeal and replace measures.

Tweet, call, and e-mail Senator Portman’s office TODAY. Ask him to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and protect health care for vulnerable Ohioans.

  • Tweet at Senator Portman @senrobportman 
  • Call Senator Portman’s office
    • Columbus: (614) 469-6774 and (800) 205-6446
    • Cincinnati: (513) 684-3265
    • Cleveland: (216) 522-7095
    • Toledo: (419) 259-3895
    • Washington, DC:
  • Email Senator Portman’s staff at sarah_schmidt@portman.senate.gov.

On behalf of Equitas Health and the people who we serve, thank you for your hard work to ensure the least vulnerable among us are not harmed.

Daphne Kackloudis
Chief Public Policy and Government Affairs Officer