Health Care

August Recess Health Care Toolkit: Keep TrumpCare Dead


We scored a major victory with the failure of the TrumpCare vote(s) in the Senate. Now, the future of health care could be decided over recess. If Senators hear from you that you want to keep TrumpCare dead, they’ll know you’re still watching and they’ll know you’re holding them accountable. But if we let our guard down over recess, they’ll think they have an opening to bring TrumpCare back from the dead.

The battle over health care will play out on three fronts over the next few weeks and months:

  • Talks continue among Republicans and the White House to draft another bill in secret. The “Graham-Cassidy” bill keeps many of the failed approaches of TrumpCare, while adding more devastating cuts that would hurt people who need rely on tax credits to help them afford insurance. Even though some Republicans want a return to regular order, these two Senators will not give up the ghost zombie.
  • The White House is openly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. We have three pieces of direct evidence of this sabotage: the Trump Administration’s deliberate withholding of cost sharing reduction payments, its cancellation of help center contracts in 18 cities, and its use of public outreach funding to produce anti-ACA propaganda videos that fortunately very few people watched.
  • Some Republicans are talking about a bipartisan approach. We support a bipartisan approach as long as it does no harm: it should cover no fewer people than current law, it can’t reduce coverage quality or protections for patients, and it should make no cuts to Medicaid.

If your Senators and House member voted for TrumpCare, tell them how disappointed you are and that you’re still watching what they do next. Ask them at a town hall if they support the failed approach of jamming TrumpCare through without hearings, expert testimony, and CBO scores. And ask them if they support a bipartisan process using regular order: committee hearings, town halls, experts, and CBO scores.

Sample Town Hall Questions

For Republicans

  • It’s clearer than ever that the American people—and a majority of Senators—do not want to proceed with a Republican-only health care bill. Will you reject any further attempts to jam a TrumpCare bill through the Senate without going through regular order? Will you actively support a process that includes meaningful committee hearings, expert testimony, and opportunities for members of both parties to offer amendments?
  • The Graham-Cassidy bill borrows many of its key provisions from failed iterations of the TrumpCare bill. It permanently caps Medicaid funding, it undermines protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and it defunds Planned Parenthood. It steals from states that expanded Medicaid and gives to states that did not. Will you commit to me, your constituent, that you will reject this TrumpCare look-a-like bill, and instead support regular order?
  • Virtually every bill before the House and Senate would have gutted Medicaid—a program that provides access to health care for 75 million Americans—including millions with disabilities. Will you commit to me that you will oppose any bill that slashes Medicaid?
  • Trump has said over and over that he intends to deliberately sabotage the ACA. Not only is this an appalling politicization of his control over the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it will also have devastating implications for people who rely on the Affordable Care Act. How will you stop the Trump Administration from deliberately sabotaging our health care system and playing politics with our health care?

For Democrats

  • I’m glad some Republicans in the Senate have said they want to return to regular order and consider fixes to the Affordable Care Act through a bipartisan process. I know the Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing just after Labor Day. But I’m worried that this bipartisan process will undermine key protections of the Affordable Care Act. Will you commit to me that you won’t support a bill that covers fewer people, diminishes quality or patient protections, or makes cuts to Medicaid?
  • Trump has said over and over that he intends to deliberately sabotage the ACA. Not only is this an appalling politicization of his control over the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it will also have devastating implications for people who rely on the Affordable Care Act. How will you stop the Trump Administration from deliberately sabotaging our health care system and playing politics with our health care?