By Richard Master
Some members of Congress are obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and are willing to sign almost any bill that will do that. They could care less what’s actually in it. Just ask Senator Chuck Grassley:
“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered, but Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think the substance of the bill matters more than vague campaign rhetoric. The latest attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act, the Graham-Cassidy bill, would be devastating to American patients and our economy.
Let’s look at some of the scariest facts facts:
The last time a similar Senate bill reared its ugly head, an incredible amount of people made their voices heard. Supporters of Graham-Cassidy hope that this time, people will be more distracted. They hope that they can pressure Senators to vote with their party, or the wealthy donors who have pledged to withhold campaign funds if there’s no ACA Repeal. Our Senators don’t work for Mitch McConnell and they don’t work for their donors. They work for their constituents. I encourage everyone who has a personal story about why they need insurance, or who simply cares about how this bill would hurt their fellow citizens, to make their voices heard. No one who claims to represent their constituents can vote for this bill.