Alexander and Corker Mislead Tennessee Voters on Health Care Reform

Graham-Cassidy breaks every promise the Tennessee Senators have made

Nashville, Tenn. (August 17, 2017) – As the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal legislation gains steam, Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander face a choice, abide by the promises they have made to Tennessee voters, or side with their political party.

Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party said, “The latest version of Trumpcare might be the worst yet. It includes massive cuts to Medicaid funding for seniors, people with disabilities and families with children. It puts hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans at risk of losing their care, and it guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Senator Corker and Senator Alexander need to put the well being of the people of Tennessee ahead of their political party.”

During the first ACA repeal effort, Senator Lamar Alexander said the bill did not cut Medicaid. He was called out in the New York Times for making one of Republican’s most misleading claims. The Graham-Cassidy proposal potentially cuts traditional Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Senator Corker has made two promises to Tennessee voters (on video) this year. In April, in Arlington, TN he was asked by a voter to protect the subsidies. She asked, “will you make that commitment to me?” Corker replied, “I just made it to you.”

In July, after attending an event with HHS Sec. Tom Price, Corker told a voter, “There is no attempt to do away with the pre-existing condition issue (in place under the Affordable Care Act),” he said. “There is an attempt right now to build up the subsidy level so that people who are lower income can actually purchase health care.”

The Graham-Cassidy legislation will gut the protections for people with pre-existing conditions by allowing states to obtain waivers for required coverages, meaning people may have insurance, but no access to the care they need. The bill also cancels tax credits for 176,463 and ends subsidies for 118,901

in Tennessee.