Radio Ad Campaign Will Air in Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia
(BOSTON, MA)—Today, the Community Catalyst Action Fund launched a six-figure radio advertising campaign to urge U.S. Senators to vote “no” on the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill that is being rushed through the Senate for a vote early next week.
The ad campaign highlights the insanity of resurrecting yet another health care repeal bill that has virtually no support outside of Republicans in Congress and the harm the plan would inflict on Americans of all ages, particularly children, older adults, nursing home residents and people struggling with substance use disorders.
“This bill is not only more of the same – it is the most destructive repeal plan we have seen to date,” said Robert Restuccia, executive director of the Community Catalyst Action Fund. “Republicans in Senate are pushing yet another ill-conceived proposal that would raise prices, undermine health coverage for millions and harm kids, seniors, and people with disabilities through steep cuts to Medicaid.”
The radio ads, which will air over the next week in Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia, remind senators that the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill contains the same disastrous provisions from previous bills and goes even further. If it passes, 32 million Americans could lose coverage over the next decade and millions will face skyrocketing premiums or annual caps on coverage that could make health insurance unaffordable, forcing impossible choices.
Graham-Cassidy also proposes the same massive cuts to Medicaid that have been rejected time and again. This bill would strip billions of dollars in federal funding from all states, cripple rural hospitals and undermine coverage for millions of Americans. Treatment for substance use disorders would be vulnerable to cuts, leaving people struggling without access to lifesaving addiction treatment, and weakening state initiatives to address drug overdose deaths.
You can listen to the radio ads here.
“This bill is a last-ditch effort to turn back the clock and go back to the same damaging, secretive, and partisan approach to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to cut Medicaid,” said Restuccia. “Senators should reject the Graham-Cassidy repeal plan. Americans want Congress to abandon efforts to repeal the ACA and work in a bipartisan fashion to make our health care better and more affordable, accessible and equitable.”
About the Community Catalyst Action Fund
The Community Catalyst Action Fund is a national non-profit organization committed to engaging consumers in the decision-making that shapes our health system. We support consumer advocate participation in the creation and implementation of public policy that improves the affordability and quality of health care, and we work to highlight electoral candidates’ positions on health care issues so the public can make informed choices. Visit http://actionfund.communitycatalyst.org or follow us on Twitter @ccactionfund.
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