FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2019
Contact: Allyson Sanders
Bill Cassidy’s Broken Promises on Healthcare
BATON ROUGE, LA – Over six years ago, Bill Cassidy promised to improve Louisiana’s health care. He spent the next six years doing the opposite.
Since he was elected, Bill Cassidy has supported an all-out attack on the health care of millions and protections for pre-existing conditions.
“Bill Cassidy has broken every promise he made to everyday Louisianans,” Stephen Handwerk, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director said. “Six years ago, Cassidy campaigned on improving health care. Six years later, he’s making the same promises with nothing to show. Instead, he’s playing politics with the lives of millions on the line. He’s spent his time in Congress supporting an all-out attack to rip health care away from millions of Americans and end pre-existing conditions protections. He’s shown that we can’t trust him with our health care. We’re looking forward to electing a senator this fall who will keep their promises to Louisiana families.”
At every turn, Cassidy has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. First, through a replacement bill, Graham-Cassidy, that would cause 21 million Americans to lose coverage. When protections for pre-existing conditions were on the chopping block, he proposed the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This amendment would have allowed insurance companies to charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.
When those bills failed, he turned to supporting the president’s lawsuit to overturn the ACA and end pre-existing condition protections. If successful, this repeal would cut Medicaid expansion in Louisiana and leave 494,000 Louisianians without health coverage. 1.9 million Louisianians would lose protections for pre-existing conditions.
Cassidy now supports the president’s budget, including trillions in cuts to social safety net programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Cassidy promised to lower prescription drug costs. He hasn’t. Instead, he lets bills to lower drug prices gather dust on Mitch McConnell’s desk.