My anti-Graham-Cassidy letter to Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

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I encourage everyone to contact their own Senators and call on them to oppose Graham-Cassidy as the immoral travesty it is.

The latest assault on the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill in the Senate, is likely to be voted on next week. It hasn’t been officially scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), there have been no hearings held in the Senate on the legislation, and all indications are that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell will push to hold a vote without any hearings and before the CBO can complete its work.

The CBO has scored similar bills in the past – block grants to states, Medicare cuts, eliminating the personal insurance mandate – and every example has resulted in tens of millions of people losing insurance as a result. It is very unlikely that their score of Graham-Cassidy will reach a different conclusion. As such, it’s important to contact our legislators, especially any Republican Senators, and call on them to oppose Graham-Cassidy.

What follows is my letter to Colorado Senator Cory Gardener. Given he was solidly within the ranks of supporters for prior ACA repeals, and given the fact I don’t have a ton of money to throw at him to get his attention, I don’t have much hope that my letter will actually move his thinking. But I have to try, and there is still value in being one of a million people against Graham-Cassidy.

I encourage everyone to contact their own Senators and call on them to oppose Graham-Cassidy as the immoral travesty it is. Politely, even – you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, after all. Reminding them that it’ll hurt their supporters a great deal can’t hurt either.

Senator Gardner,

You will very shortly have an opportunity to vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare legislation. To date no hearings on the legislation have been scheduled, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a vote before the Congressional Budget Office even has a chance to score the legislation. Literally every major organization representing the health insurance industry, hospitals, doctors, and most importantly patients has criticized Graham-Cassidy as being bad for the nation’s health. Governor Hickenlooper has publicly stated his opposition to Graham-Cassidy in part because it will cost Colorado between $800 million and $1 billion in federal dollars for healthcare – money that is needed in Colorado to support the poor, minorities, women, and the rural counties where medical care is expensive and who supported your 2014 campaign most strongly.

As one of your constituents, I ask you to vote no on Graham-Cassidy when it comes up for a vote next week. Furthermore, I ask you to demand that no vote on Graham-Cassidy occur until after both public hearings and a full CBO scoring of the bill so that the public knows what the bill’s impact will be.

Thank you for your consideration,

Brian Angliss

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