The bill not only gets rid of the ACA exchanges and block grants the law’s funding, but it also eliminates the Medicaid expansion and key patient protections, all of which have been critical for cancer survivors across the U.S. and is necessary for their access to affordable and comprehensive health care. We cannot let the Senate pass this terrible bill that would leave millions without health insurance. The Senate has started to work in a bipartisan fashion to stabilize the ACA markets, and this bill undermines those productive efforts. Senator McCain (R-AZ), whose dramatic vote against so-called “skinny” repeal killed the crusade in July, has spoken positively about the bill, giving supporters of the bill further hope that repeal can be achieved. Vox reports that while it will be difficult to get the 50 votes necessary for this bill, it is certainly possible.
As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reports, the bill would permit states to access waivers that would allow insurers to charge people with cancer more for their health care, a discriminatory practice that was made illegal under the ACA. Cancer survivors cannot go back to the days when insurers could deny or charge exorbitant premiums to those who have pre-existing conditions. Another concerning piece to the Cassidy-Graham bill is the fact that the funding for the health care block grants face a cliff in year 2026, meaning every dollar disappears thereafter.
— Center on Budget (@CenterOnBudget) September 15, 2017
This legislation is not only dangerous and irresponsible, but it would be devastating for patients who would be left with expensive health plans that did not cover prescription drugs, chemo therapy, or other critical services. This is unacceptable and NOW is the time to call the NCCS hotline at (844) 257-6227 and ask your Senators to say NO to the Cassidy-Graham repeal bill. We need a bipartisan and transparent process to strengthen the ACA and help provide critical long-term stability.
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