Health Care for America Now on McCain’s Health Care Repeal Flip
Washington, DC – Health Care for America Now (HCAN) co-directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement in response to Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) announcement of support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation put forth by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA):
“The Graham-Cassidy repeal bill is as bad or worse than every other GOP repeal bill and Senator John McCain’s flip-flop is an outrage. This isn’t even a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Just like every other repeal bill Republicans have attempted to jam through Congress this year, this proposal will wreck America’s health care and blow up state budgets. You can’t block grant the health care of millions of Americans and call that a health plan.
“This plan would have the same life-threatening and devastating consequences as the GOP repeal bill that Senator McCain voted against and that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected. Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, millions of Americans will lose care and millions more will lose critical consumer protections.
“Instead of offering up more of the same, Congress should work to strengthen our health care markets and increase access to affordable care, as the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has started to do with its hearings this week and next.”
Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.