MDP Outlines How Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal Bill in Senate Will Hurt Maine
Maine Democratic Party Executive Director Katie Mae Simpson today released statistics outlining how the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson so-called health care bill in the Senate would harm Maine.
Like each of their previous attempts, the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans. Once again, Republicans in Congress are ignoring the millions of Americans who pressured them into dropping their last health care repeal effort. While Republicans are pushing a bill to take health care away from working families, Democrats are working together to expand coverage for all Americans.
“Democrats believe health care is a right for all Americans, not just a luxury. But with the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill, Republicans are once again working to take health care away from working Maine families,” said Maine Democratic Party Executive Director Katie Mae Simpson. “This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate support that reduces out-of-pocket costs for people across the state. Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Bruce Poliquin need to listen to the Mainers they represent, reject this bill, and join with Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”
Here is a look at a few of the ways Mainers will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:
· Ends Medicaid as we know it, hurting seniors, people with disabilities, and other communities across Maine.
· Cancels tax credits that help 60,149 Mainers – 87 percent of Maine marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
· Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 36,992 residents, which is 53 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in Maine.
· Slashes billions in federal funding to states that have expanded health insurance coverage and lowering costs.