Take Action: October 26, 2017 Support a bipartisan deal for health subsidies in the Senate

Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key subsidy program through 2019, which Trump cut by executive order. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found Trump’s executive order will increase premiums by 20%, cost the government $194 billion, increase the deficit, and increase the number of uninsured Americans.  The Murray-Alexander deal has the ability to stop certain chaos in the insurance marketplace, and the CBO indicates it would both keep coverage stable and cut the deficit.  This bill is too late to affect 2018 premiums, but can help moving forward.

  • Call on your US senators and your US representative to support the bipartisan Alexander-Murray legislation to stabilize health insurance markets. According to the CBO, canceling the subsidy payments causes more Americans to lose coverage, increases premiums, destabilizes the markets AND costs taxpayers more than having Congress appropriate money to pay them.

Possible Call Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. The sabotage of the ACA is outrageous, especially when the Alexander-Murray bipartisan compromise offers a good solution to stabilize the exchanges while reducing the budget deficit. The CBO score shows Alexander-Murray is not an insurance company bail-out, but saves the government money while covering as many people as before. The “guardrails” in Alexander-Murray protecting people with pre-existing conditions from higher rates or caps need to be preserved. I urge [Sen/Rep____] to support the Alexander-Murray bill and ensure leadership brings it to the floor.

  • Contact Senator McConnell and tell him that we need to stabilize the insurance market, and the Murray-Alexander bill needs to be brought to a vote (202) 224-2541