Children’s Hospital Association: “This bill would have devastating consequences for children and families.”
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party is today highlighting that key health, seniors, and patient advocacy groups are opposing the latest healthcare overhaul from Republicans in DC.
“This secretive last-ditch healthcare overhaul once again pits Republicans in DC against the health and economic priorities of Missouri’s seniors and working families and their kids,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber.
Here’s what key health, seniors, and patient advocacy groups are saying:
- Children’s Hospital Association: “Their legislation would slash funding for Medicaid, the nation’s largest health care program for children, by one-third, reducing access and coverage for more than 30 million children in the program. Furthermore, the legislation weakens important consumer safeguards…This bill would have devastating consequences for children and families.”
- AARP: “AARP stands ready to work with Congress on commonsense, bipartisan solutions to improve health care. #GrahamCassidy is not that bill.”
- Sixteen patient and provider groups, including American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and March of Dimes: “This bill would limit funding for the Medicaid program, roll back important essential health benefit protections, and potentially open the door to annual and lifetime caps on coverage, endangering access to critical care for millions of Americans. Our organizations urge senators to oppose this legislation.”
- Planned Parenthood: “The Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal is the worst ACA repeal bill yet, and it is especially terrible for women. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal would disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color.”
- Missouri Hospital Association: “This would reduce the states’ ability to receive hundreds of millions of dollars annually…Missouri would face very difficult choices about eligibility and coverage under a Medicaid program that already has low eligibility rates.”
- Kaiser Family Foundation: “[I]t’s inevitable that fewer people will be covered.”
- Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City: “…Over time almost every state would be getting less money.”
- Consumers Union: “This plan would leave tens of millions uninsured, threaten key consumer protections and coverage requirements, and fundamentally alter Medicaid by drastically cutting funding and shifting billions of dollars of healthcare costs onto states and consumers.”
- Congressional Budget Office: “________________________.” **
**Please note that Republicans in DC are trying to force this last-ditch repeal attempt without a full estimate of its impact from the Congressional Budget Office.