September 19, 2017

Bread for the World Opposes Cassidy-Graham Health Care Bill

Photo by Rick Reinhard for Bread for the World

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today announced it opposes legislation introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The proposed legislation would make deep cuts to Medicaid, end the Medicaid expansion, and block grant Medicaid’s remaining funds to the states. Tens of millions of people are expected to lose their health care coverage if this bill becomes law, which would increase hunger and poverty. 

The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:

“Cassidy-Graham is just as bad as the other health care bills that have been rejected by the Senate. It would end the Medicaid expansion and take health care coverage away from tens of millions of people. Of course, those Americans who have the greatest need for health care coverage – seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children – would be hit hardest by this legislation.

“Hunger and poverty rates have been declining, due in part to the expansion of health care coverage. This legislation would reverse the progress that has been made and increase hunger and poverty in the U.S. People without health insurance must often choose between paying for medicine and the health care they need, and putting food on the table.

“Senators should work together on a bipartisan bill that does not take away health insurance from tens of millions of the most vulnerable Americans.”   

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