AAFP: Revised Graham-Cassidy Bill Continues to Threaten Americans’ Health Security

Monday, September 25, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“Despite changes made to the bill over the weekend, the American Academy of Family Physicians continues to oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation. These changes have done nothing to address the concerns of virtually every health care organization in the country. GCHJ continues to threaten the health security of Americans who have pre-existing conditions. It fails to ensure coverage for essential benefits. It allows insurers to charge older Americans premiums that are five times greater than those for younger people. It will not stabilize the individual market. It cuts, then completely eliminates federal funding for Medicaid expansion. The result will be millions of Americans who have no access to needed medical care because they cannot afford or are denied health insurance.

“We call on the Senate to drop efforts to pass this bill and instead work for bipartisan legislation that will protect all Americans regardless of their age, health status or economic situation.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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