FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Contact: D’Seante Parks
How the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Repeal
Bill Will Impact Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. – Like each of the previous Republican 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 that all Louisianians should have access to affordable healthcare. And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, many of our communities will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill,” said Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party Stephen Handwerk. “This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy need to listen to the Louisianians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”
Here is a look at a few of the ways Louisianians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:
- Ends the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which covers over 430,000 Louisiana residents.
- Cancels tax credits that help over 110,000 Louisiana families – 90 percent of Louisiana marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
- Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 70,000 Louisiana residents, which is 58 percent of the total marketplace enrollees in the state.
- Slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs.