Opposition to the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill
2017-SEP: Medical associations oppose the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill:
A partial list of national medical associations that are opposed to the bill are:
It appears that there are no U.S. national medical associations in the U.S. who actually support the bill. As U.S. News and World Report stated:
"The nation's doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans are unified in their opposition to the latest Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act." 3
However, two politically motivated anti-abortion groups do support the bill, presumably because it contains a clause that would defund Planned Parenthood (PP). That would not remove abortion funding by the federal government to PP because none exists. It would only remove funding for contraceptive education, cancer and STD screening tests, etc:
Brief excerpts from the reasons given by a few of the medical associations who oppose the bill:
Sixteen groups made a joint statement in opposition to the bill: the ALS Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Family Voices, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lutheran Services in America, March of Dimes, National Health Council, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Organization for Rare Diseases, Volunteers of America, and WomenHeart:
"This bill would limit funding for the Medicaid program, roll back important essential health benefit protections, and potentially open the door to annual and lifetime caps on coverage, endangering access to critical care for millions of Americans. Our organizations urge senators to oppose this legislation."
The joint Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement statement said:
"More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, a progressive and fatal brain disease, and another 15 million are providing care. ... Medicaid is the only public program that covers these long-term nursing home stays. Medicaid also covers home and community-based services which are critical for people with dementia, particularly in the early and middle stages of the disease.
The proposed changes to Medicaid outlined in the Graham-Cassidy Amendment could have a drastic impact on this vulnerable population given that more than 1 in 4 seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementias are currently on Medicaid."
The American Cancer Society statement said:
"Our analysis indicates the bill could allow insurers to:
- Charge cancer patients and survivors far higher rates to make coverage unaffordable;
- Eliminate coverage for cancer care in their health plans;
- Re-institute arbitrary caps on annual and lifetime coverage.
The CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara of the American Medical Association wrote:
"Similar to proposals that were considered in the Senate in July, we believe the Graham-Cassidy Amendment would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care. We sincerely urge the Senate to take short-term measures to stabilize the health insurance market by continuing to fund cost sharing reduction payments."
The American Nurses Association said:
"The Senate’s new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will cause chaos for states subsidizing coverage -- and ultimately rip away healthcare from patients."
Their web site has a form to fill out. It will arrange for a call from the Nurses Association which will connect you directly with your senators.
Sr. Carol Keehan, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association asked people to phone their senators and tell them to:
- "Vote 'NO' on the Graham-Cassidy legislation ... which eliminates Medicaid expansion coverage, premium tax credits, and cost-sharing reduction subsidies and replaces them with state block grants.
- Oppose the complete restructuring and deep funding reductions to the Medicaid program in the bill [which the bill would cause by] -- capping & cutting federal Medicaid funding, through both per capita caps and block grants, [which] fundamentally undermines the health care safety net and our ability to serve beneficiaries.
- ... enact bipartisan legislation to stabilize the individual insurance market. ..."
She notes that:
- "The new block grant funding is estimated to be $239 billion less over ten years than that provided under the current law, resulting in large cuts for many states. ..."
- "In addition, funding cuts and structural changes to the traditional Medicaid program would inflict permanent and far-reaching damage on communities and lead to coverage losses for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. Caps and block grants simply shift the cost burden onto local and state governments, individual beneficiaries and health providers. States will be unable to make up for the estimated $175 billion in Medicaid cuts over 10 years."
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Christopher Ingraham, "Here’s a list of medical groups opposing the Cassidy-Graham health-care bill," The Washington Post, 2017-SEP-22, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
"The Latest: Health Care Groups Oppose GOP Bill," U.S. News and World Report, 2017-SEP-23, at: https://www.usnews.com/
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Originally posted on: 2017-SEP-24
Author: B.A. Robinson