Source: Insurance News Net

Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement in response to Senator John McCain’s decision to oppose the latest Senate Republican Healthcare plan, commonly known as Graham-Cassidy. On Monday, September 25th, at 11am on the steps of City Hall, Rep. Maloney will gather with other elected officials and health advocates at a press conference to call for additional Senate Republicans to join Senator McCain and kill this bill.

“Graham-Cassidy would be devastating to the lives of millions, bad for our economy, and especially harmful to New York. That is why I’m so relieved to learn that Senator McCain has courageously stepped up and announced his opposition to this latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He joins the Medicaid directors of all 50 states, the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Hospital Association and a long list of knowledgeable health care providers that have come out against this heartless bill.

“I applaud Senator McCain for his decision to oppose this bill, but I know that our fight against repeal is not over today. That is why on Monday I will be rallying on the steps of City Hall with other leaders and patient advocates to try and kill this bill once and for all.

“It is long past time for Republicans to give up their crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are ready to work in a bipartisan way to lower health care prices and expand coverage, but we need willing partners to do so. I hope more Republican Senators and House members will join Senator McCain in opposition to Graham-Cassidy so that we can finally begin a bipartisan effort to improve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.”

Under Graham-Cassidy insurers could once again discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions; 32 million Americans will lose their insurance; out of pocket costs would skyrocket with premiums going up 20 percent; and older Americans would face a crushing age tax. Graham-Cassidy is particularly devastating for New York, robbing the state of $45 billion in health care funding and ripping away insurance from more than 2 million New Yorkers.