We send our elected officials to Washington to represent the people of our state. The Graham/Cassidy Amendment, co-sponsored by Bill Cassidy is another attempt to replace the health care system that will cause many Louisiana residents to lose health care. The Graham/Cassidy bill would repeal the infrastructure of the Affordable Care Act. But it would leave the taxes in place and funnel that revenue towards the states.
Many have expressed concern about the bill, some states do better under this bill, they get more money from the federal government for their health care system than they do now, they would get more. But what that does is it`s taking money away from states like Louisiana that expanded Medicaid that provided insurance to all lower income people. They`re left holding the bag. They don`t get as much money from the federal government, which means many of the residents in those states are going to lose insurance that they currently have under the Affordable Care Act.
Another big problem is, we`re not going to have an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office as to how many people lose insurance and how high premiums would go under this legislation.
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Statement from Gov. John Bel Edwards
“First, I want to thank Dr. Cassidy for taking the time to sit down privately with me to discuss his health care proposal. While we may not always agree on policy, I want to commend him for making a tireless effort to reform our nation’s health care system and for his willingness to incorporate some of the ideas that we’ve presented to him.
“However, after a careful review of this legislation, I cannot support the Graham-Cassidy Amendment. My primary objection relates to the elimination of the Medicaid expansion program in 2020. Right now, more than 430,000 working poor people in Louisiana have access to health insurance because we chose to bring our federal tax dollars back home. We’re saving lives, money, and investing in our people to ensure they are able to receive quality healthcare. Importantly, Louisiana’s uninsured rate has dropped to nearly 10 percent. Undoing this progress would negatively impact our citizens and our economy.
“I am working with Republican and Democratic governors from across the country to promote a solution that makes health insurance more stable and affordable. We all agree that any plan must go through regular order and receive proper analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Rushing a piece of legislation of this significance through the process without proper vetting, thorough hearings or robust debate will leave us with unintended consequences that can be avoided. Congress should take the time to get this process and policy right because it is the American people’s lives, well-being and tax dollars that hang in the balance. The people of Louisiana deserve nothing less, and I am willing to work with Dr. Cassidy on an acceptable, bipartisan solution to our nation’s health care problems.”
Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:
As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you to not consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans. Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms.
Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray have held bipartisan hearings in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and have negotiated in good faith to stabilize the individual market. At the committee’s recent hearing with Governors, there was broad bipartisan agreement about many of the initial steps that need to be taken to make individual health insurance more stable and affordable. We are hopeful that the HELP committee, through an open process, can develop bipartisan legislation and we believe their efforts deserve support.
We ask you to support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets. Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties. Improvements to our health insurance markets should control costs, stabilize the market, and positively impact coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.
We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the American health care system.
The text of the letter from the governors is below and available by clicking link below
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Statement on the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal
Washington, September 20, 2017 – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association issued the following statement today in response to the health care reform bill proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI).
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to health insurance coverage and the peace of mind that comes with it. The current market is not working, and we will continue to work with lawmakers on a bipartisan basis to improve the individual insurance marketplace with the goal of making coverage more affordable and accessible for all.
Although we support providing states with greater flexibility in shaping health care options for their residents, we share the significant concerns of many health care organizations about the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill. The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions. The legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans’ choice of health plans. Legislation must also ensure adequate funding for Medicaid to protect the most vulnerable.
We will continue to work with lawmakers on solutions to improve Americans’ health care and assure that people can access the coverage and care they need.”
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans.
source video, interview with Andrew Friedman is the principal at “The Washington Update”.. Nightly Business Report – September 19, 2017. nbr.com/2017/09/19/nightly-business-report-september-19-2017/