Graham/Cassidy: The TrumpCare Bill That Just Won’t Die

The problem with writing about policy is that very few people want to talk about policy. Most of us don't really care about it. There are very few wonks out there - the rest of us just want to know what will happen to us if something becomes law. So, we're not going to get into the weeds here. I'm going to keep it nice and simple:

  • TrumpCare is not dead. We're just calling it something else now. If you see or hear the term Graham/Cassidy, that's the newest form of zombie TrumpCare.
  • In terms of the number of people who will lose coverage, this is by far the worst plan yet, with an expected 32 million people losing coverage.
  • That's right, I said 32 million people will lose coverage. It was worth saying twice.

We could get into the details on who those 32 million are likely to be, but I promised not to get into the weeds here. Just know that there are roughly 323 million people in the US, so just by the numbers, about 10% of the country is about to lose coverage. Anyone who knows more than nine people will know someone affected. And for many of those 32 million, the result of this loss in coverage will be death. My opposition likes to call this claim hyperbolic, but it isn't. People will most certainly die. I could argue with my opposition about the number of dead, but doing so would imply that there is an acceptable number, and that would be a lie, and also an insult to those left behind.

The ridiculous deception behind this bill has been well documented by people with much larger audiences than mine. Perhaps the best translation into layman's terms I've seen yet comes from Jimmy Kimmel, who has taken on the lies better than most.

What Jimmy says is true; we're being lied to about what's going to happen if this bill becomes law, and the ones doing the lying are about as good at it as my seven-year-old, who still swears to this day that is was his sister who shaved the dog.

Graham and Cassidy are currently tweaking the bill in an effort to buy votes from Senate holdouts. This insanity has even gone as far as a number of promises to certain key senators that their states would be exempt from the new law. That's right, the bribe to repeal Obamacare is that they will be allowed to keep Obamacare. Irony is now officially dead.

Here's what we can do. On Monday, there will be a sham hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, in which they will pretend to discuss the bill. If you're in the area, pack the halls.

 

 

 

For the rest of us, it's time to call our senators. And if you still need an incentive to make that call, take a moment and listen to Natalie Weaver, one of the many heroic moms out there fighting the good fight for those who can't get in the ring themselves:

 

See below for a list of senators and their office numbers. The highlighted members of the list are the ones currently being promised the sun and moon for their votes; they may need to be reminded who they work for:
Alabama Richard Shelby

202.224.5744

Alaska Lisa Murkowski

202.224.6665

Arizona Jeff Flake

202.224.4521

Arkansas Tom Cotton

202.224.2353

California Dianne Feinstein

202.224.3841

Colorado Cory Gardner

202.224.5941

Connecticut Christopher Murphy

202.224.4041

Delaware Christopher Coons

202.224.5042

Florida Marco Rubio

202.224.3041

Georgia Johnny Isakson

202.224.3643

Hawaii Brian Schatz

202.224.3934

Idaho Mike Crapo

202.224.6142

Illinois Richard Durbin

202.224.2152

Indiana Todd Young

202.224.5623

Iowa Chuck Grassley

202.224.3744

Kansas Jerry Moran

202.224.6521

Kentucky Mitch McConnell

202.224.2541

Louisiana Bill Cassidy

202.224.5824

Maine Susan Collins

202.224.2523

Maryland Benjamin Cardin

202.224.4524

Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren

202.224.4543

Michigan Gary Peters

202.224.6221

Minnesota Amy Klobuchar

202.224.3244

Mississippi Thad Cochran

202.224.5054

Missouri Roy Blunt

202.224.5721

Montana Steve Daines

202.224.2651

Nebraska Ben Sasse

202.224.4224

Nevada Dean Heller

202.224.6244

New Hampshire Margaret Hassan

202.224.3324

New Jersey Cory Booker

202.224.3224

New Mexico Tom Udall

202.224.6621

New York Charles Schumer

202.224.6542

North Carolina Richard Burr

202.224.3154

North Dakota John Hoeven

202.224.2551

Ohio Rob Portman

202.224.3353

Oklahoma James Inhofe

202.224.4721

Oregon Ron Wyden

202.224.5244

Pennsylvania Patrick Toomey

202.224.4254

Rhode Island Jack Reed

202.224.4642

South Carolina Lindsey Graham

202.224.5972

South Dakota John Thune

202.224.2321

Tennessee Lamar Alexander

202.224.4944

Texas John Cornyn

202.224.2934

Utah Orrin Hatch

202.224.5251

Vermont Patrick Leahy

202.224.4242

Virginia Mark Warner

202.224.2023

Washington Patty Murray

202.224.2621

West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito

202.224.6472

Wisconsin Ron Johnson

202.224.5223

Wyoming Michael Enzi

202.224.3424

Contributing Editor: Brett Pransky

Brett Pransky is a rabid humanitarian with a sharp pen and a graduate degree in Rhetoric - a truly dangerous animal. His natural habitat is the halls of Ohio University, but he can be found on Twitter now and again as well, @BrettPransky.

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