September 21, 2017

Luján Statement on Graham/Cassidy Legislation

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued a statement on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Senate and reports that the White House and Senate Republican Leadership have abandoned talks on a bipartisan healthcare solution.

The fight to protect our healthcare isn't over. Senate Republicans and the Trump White House have rejected a bipartisan approach that was being worked on in good faith, and are now trying to pass the worst version of Trumpcare yet -- with no score from the Congressional Budget Office as to its cost and  no debate as to its merits.

The Graham/Cassidy bill would take away protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions and increase costs for millions more – especially in states like New Mexico. It ransacks Medicaid funds that seniors depend on for long-term care and allows states and insurers to reinstate payment caps and lifetime limits on care. It also penalizes older Americans by imposing an age tax that will dramatically increase premiums and other costs for people age 50 and older.

I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject this flawed and harmful legislation.  It’s time to say NO to the worst version of Trumpcare yet!