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Success! You Stopped the Dangerous Health Care Bill

By Amelia Kegan, September 26, 2017


Update: Efforts unraveled on Tuesday to ram through yet another irresponsible and immoral bill that decimates Medicaid and would cause millions to lose coverage. The failure of the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill is a testament to the power of people across this country raising their voices to elected officials.

Now it’s time for Congress to return to the critical bipartisan work to stabilize the insurance market, lower costs, and strengthen quality coverage. We are here to support them in those efforts.

September 18, 2017

It's back. A "new" last-ditch plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act has many of the same dangerous policies as previous repeal efforts, threatening the future of Medicaid as we know it. Momentum is growing to pass the bill in the next two weeks.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would:

  • Within ten years, eliminate all funding for: the Medicaid expansion, which has enabled 11 million people to get health coverage; and the individual health insurance subsidies, which have enabled millions of low- and moderate-income individuals access affordable health care.
  • Leave some of the most vulnerable people in our country -- especially low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities -- without affordable medical care by capping and cutting Medicaid and ultimately dismantling the program.
  • Let insurers offer skimpier coverage and raise rates for people with pre-existing conditions by allowing states to waive patient protections.

After September 30th, the special "budget reconciliation" procedure expires. At that point, the bill would have to get 60 votes to pass and would be subject to a filibuster. The Senate has just 12 days left to pass this bill on a party-line vote – email your senators today.

The bill is a race-against-the-clock proposal, and we won't necessarily know the full impact of the bill before the September 30th deadline. But it's already clear that the plan would take coverage from tens of millions of people, just like every other Affordable Care Act repeal bill this year.

Rather than pursue a rushed, hyper-partisan effort to repeal the ACA and end the Medicaid program as we know it, your senators should support current bipartisan efforts to stabilize the marketplace, improve affordability, and strengthen coverage.

It’s time to stop repeal plans once and for all. Email your senators now. Urge them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and pursue a responsible, bipartisan health care bill.

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Background The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Proposal Endangers Millions 

Despite the new name, the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal includes many of the same dangerous health care policies of previous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.