National Partnership for Women & Families

‘Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson: Another Health Care Repeal Bill That Would Devastate Women and Families’

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 13, 2017 —

“The repeal bill Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller and Ron Johnson introduced today is yet another assault on the health care women and families rely on. This bill would cause tens of millions of people to lose their insurance coverage. It would cause costs to skyrocket. It would end Medicaid as we know it and repeal the Medicaid expansion. It would allow states to waive key consumer protections and guarantees of coverage for maternity care and other essential health benefits. And it would block millions of people from getting preventive care – including birth control and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted infections – at the Planned Parenthood health clinics they rely on for quality care.

The block grants the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill proposes are designed to mask deep cuts that would make health coverage less comprehensive and less affordable for millions. But we are not fooled.

It’s long past time for Congress to work in a bipartisan way to stabilize the insurance markets and make quality, affordable care available to all, not continue trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has been the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. This bill would devastate women and families. It very definitely is not what the country wants or needs.”

Contact

Lauren Sogor (202) 986-2600 lsogor@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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