U.S. Poverty Laser Talk: Protect Medicaid

Engage: As an anti-poverty advocate, I am alarmed about proposed changes to Medicaid.

Problem: Block granting or capping Medicaid spending would result in lost coverage, rationed benefits, and end the program as we know it.

Illustrate or Inform: The House health proposal would harm tens of millions of children in low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and others who rely on Medicaid. It would also effectively end the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA – while cutting $880 billion in Medicaid costs to states over the next ten years. Under this proposal, 24 million Americans, including 14 million who participate in Medicaid, lose their health coverage – and no one’s health care is safe. [If you have a personal story, please share it!]

Call to Action: Will you urge your boss to oppose the House bill, and work with Congressional leaders to protect Medicaid? 

What Is a Laser Talk?

A laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt a laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk.