O’Halleran Denounces Cassidy-Graham Health Care Proposal

September 19, 2017
Press Release

SEDONA – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran expressed his concerns about the Cassidy-Graham health care bill in the Senate:

“While my colleagues and I have been working on a thoughtful, bipartisan agenda that stabilizes our health care system and protects patients, Republicans in the Senate continue to put forward proposals that would increase the number of uninsured Americans, send premiums skyrocketing, and gut patient protections,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The most recent proposal put forward by Senators Cassidy and Graham will do real damage to our rural hospitals, Arizonans living with preexisting conditions, and families who rely on programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”

The Cassidy-Graham proposal rolls back many of the subsidies and tax credits under the Affordable Care Act and moves those funds into capped block grants for states. The funds allocated under the block grants will be significant cuts for states that have expanded Medicaid, and it will prevent many from receiving the coverage they have been able to get. The independent Congressional Budget Office has released a statement saying they would be unable to provide a score for the legislation before September 30, but a previous analysis of a similar bill found that such efforts would inflate the deficit by billions and make insurance unattainable to millions of Americans.

“This is a dangerous bill that will disproportionately hurt my constituents and rural communities across the country,” continued O’Halleran. “I urge the Senate to work with the House to implement our policy proposals that stabilize the health insurance market, bring down costs, and reinforce patient protections.”