“The Graham-Cassidy bill takes direct aim at New Yorkers’ health care.”
Albany, NY– Despite striking out three times in failed attempts to repeal the ACA, GOP leaders are back at bat pushing the Graham-Cassidy bill in the Senate. Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts calls out the Graham-Cassidy bill as the worst ACA repeal proposal yet that would destroy New York State’s health care framework and leave the most vulnerable at risk.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has previously estimated that repeal-without-replace would cause 32 million people to lose coverage. In New York State, previous estimates for prior repeal plans projected that if the ACA were repealed, more than 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose their health coverage. With the additional restrictions imposed by Medicaid Block Grants, Graham-Cassidy is expected to be even more devastating.
Graham-Cassidy would cause many millions of New Yorkers to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, eliminate or weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, increase out-of-pocket costs for individual market consumers and block millions of people from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment.
Statement by Robin Chappelle Golston, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts:
“Politicians are again playing a cruel game with our healthcare and Graham-Cassidy is the worst version yet. This legislation jeopardizes access to care especially for women and our most vulnerable New Yorkers by permanently dismantling our state’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid safety net. New York must continue to fight this callous onslaught of bad policy that counters what this country stands for.”
Fast facts on Graham-Cassidy from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
- An estimated 32 million will lose coverage nationally
- Ends Medicaid expansion that has helped 11 million Americans gain coverage (According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 2 million New Yorkers gained health insurance coverage through our state’s Medicaid expansion)
- Cuts coverage for seniors on fixed income, children and people with disabilities
- Ends federal protection for pre-existing conditions, prohibition on lifetime limits and essential benefits
- Substantially increases out-of-pocket costs for low and middle-income Americans by ending cost-sharing payments and premium tax credits
- Ends all funding for the Affordable Care Act by 2026
- Premiums will likely spike by 20% next year
- Provides no funding for recessions, natural disasters, public health emergencies or prescription drug price spikes
- Eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood
- Would likely be presented to the House as “take it or leave it” if it passes the Senate
- Due to Senate rules, Republicans can ram this through the Senate with just 50 votes and 2 minutes of debate on an issue that would impact 1/6 of the American economy
- These rules expire on Sept. 30. If they can’t pass this bill by then, they will need 60 votes
Statement by Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President at Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“The Graham-Cassidy bill is a serious threat to the health care of millions of Americans. This bill is the worst Obamacare repeal bill yet: Millions of Planned Parenthood patients could lose their health care if the Graham-Cassidy bill were to pass -- millions more would lose their coverage through Medicaid, and could lose essentials like maternity care and coverage for prescription drugs. Policy on women’s health care should not be written by a small group of male politicians behind closed doors. Enough is enough. With this latest version of Trumpcare, Americans will pay more and get less, but women will pay the biggest price of all.”
Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is a non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to protecting and expanding access to a full range of reproductive health care services. It represents New York’s Planned Parenthood affiliates and works to protect and expand access to reproductive health care for all New Yorkers.