Tennessee (September 14, 2017) – Like each of their previous 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 health care is a right, not a privilege. And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, Tennesseans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party . “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. Republicans need to listen to the Tennesseans they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”
Here is a look at a few of the ways Tennesseans will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller bill:
- Ends Medicaid as we know it, hurting seniors, people with disabilities, and other communities across Tennessee.
- Cancels tax credits that help 176,463 families – 88%percent of Tennessee marketplace enrollees – afford health insurance.
- Eliminates subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for 118,901 residents, which is 59% percent of the total marketplace enrollees in Tennessee.
- Slashes billions in federal funding to states for expanding health insurance coverage and lowering costs.