Lebanon County Democratic Committee’s Statement on Graham-Cassidy Repeal
Lebanon, Pa. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Republicans’ latest attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), aims to cap Medicaid and replace ACA funding with a new block grant program.
“Pennsylvanians need to pay attention to the consequences of the Graham-Cassidy bill,” said Lois Herr, Lebanon County Democratic Committee Chair. “They’ll see that we lose. And, the bill shifts responsibility to the states it does not provide funds to match. States then must decide whose coverage gets cut. Consequences are a matter of life and death.”
The Graham-Cassidy Repeal would deal a blow to Pennsylvania and 30 other states that chose to expand Medicare under the ACA, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). According to census data, nearly 1.1 million Pennsylvanians over 65 are insured through this Medicaid expansion implemented by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2015, and a report released last week by the KFF estimates that Pennsylvania would lose more than $11 billion in funding by 2026. The roughly 20% decrease in funding places Pennsylvania among the top three states with the largest potential loss of federal funds (California and New York are the other two).