Press Release

Statement on Graham-Cassidy Proposal

Rick Pollack

President and CEO

American Hospital Association 

September 26, 2017

The Graham-Cassidy proposal has had the same result as similar attempts to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act because its enactment would have entailed similar consequences: devastating cuts to the Medicaid program, the loss of coverage for tens of millions of Americans, eliminated consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions and destabilized insurance markets. Instead of fixing the very real problems facing our health care system, this proposal would have only exacerbated them.

As we stated following the Senate’s rejection of the “skinny repeal” bill in July, the failure of this proposal shouldn’t be a victory for one side or a loss for the other, but rather a catalyst to spark meaningful solutions.

Instead of once again pursuing a partisan path while expecting a different result, it is our hope that leaders from across the aisle will start to work together for the benefit of patients across America.

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