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Cassidy Vote Is Wrong Prescription for Louisiana Families’ Health

Votes to raise seniors’ prescription costs, deny coverage, allow lifetime caps

BATON ROUGE — Bill Cassidy today voted against Louisiana families and their health and for the 37th time voted to raise prescription drug costs for seniors, eliminate tax credits for small businesses, reinstate lifetime care limits and increase the federal deficit.

“Bill Cassidy’s vote today is the wrong prescription for Louisiana families. Sadly, this isn’t the first time he has voted to return to the days when being a woman was a pre-existing condition, increase prescription drug costs for seniors, reinstate limits on care, knock young adults off health coverage and explode the federal deficit. This is simply bad medicine,” said Kirstin Alvanitakis, communications director for the Louisiana Democratic Party.

The consequences for Louisiana from Bill Cassidy’s vote:

  • 53,000 young adults would be kicked off their health care coverage;

  • 60,016 seniors would be saddled again with higher prescription drug costs, after saving an average of $704 in 2012 alone;

  • 1.4 million Louisianians, including 538,000 women and 385,000 children, would have lifetime limits on coverage reinstated;

  • 1,575 previously uninsured Louisianians who didn’t have coverage because of a pre-existing condition — but do now — would lose their health care;

  • 932,000 Louisianians would lose free preventive care, including 592,117 women;

  • 26 health centers operating 130 sites across Louisiana and providing preventive and primary health care services to 223,095 people would lose critical funding; and

  • Would increase the federal deficit by $109 billion between 2013-2022

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