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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the Senate would not consider the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
This statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:
“Bread for the World welcomes the news that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) has been pulled from consideration by the Senate. The BCRA would have caused 22 million people to lose their health care, including 15 million of the most vulnerable Americans who receive their health care coverage through Medicaid.
“People without health insurance must often choose between purchasing food and medicine. The dramatic cuts to Medicaid in the BCRA would have disproportionately affected the elderly, people with disabilities, and children.
“Bread for the World strongly opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without an adequate and responsible replacement. According to the Congressional Budget Office ‘repeal’ and ‘delay’ will cause instability in the marketplace and an estimated loss of health coverage for 32 million Americans, including many who received coverage through the Medicaid expansion.
“We hope that senators will now work together on a bipartisan bill that does not cut Medicaid and ensures all Americans receive the affordable health care coverage they need.”
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