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Thursday, Aug 24 2017

ANALYSIS: Turns Out Graham-Cassidy-Heller is the Worst Health Care Plan of All

Aug 24, 2017

Graham-Cassidy-Heller would cause “immediate, disproportionate harm”
and “radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid.”
– Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Analysis

Dean Heller’s favorite health care plan, Graham-Cassidy-Heller, would decimate health care for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and break every promise he made to his constituents about protecting their health care.

Heller endorsed Graham-Cassidy, calling it “the best way to go” and pushing it at the White House with Donald Trump.

Heller’s office told the Nevada Independent that “that the proposal would result in Nevada receiving more funding for Medicaid than it currently does under the Affordable Care Act.”

Today the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new study about Graham-Cassidy-Heller, exposing just how devastating Heller’s plan would be for Nevada:

  • “The plan would eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and enhanced matching rate for the Medicaid expansion, replacing them with an inadequate block grant whose funding would shrink further over time.”
  • “Some states would suffer immediate, disproportionate harm because the block grant would not only cut overall funding for the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies.”
  • The plan would effectively punish states that have been especially successful at enrolling low- and moderate-income people in the Medicaid expansion.”
  • “Cassidy-Graham would eliminate the [Medicaid] block grant entirely after 2026, meaning that in 2027 and beyond, there would be zero funding available to replace states’ Medicaid expansions and marketplace tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. As a result, states would face a severe funding cliff.”

“Dean Heller’s lying and flip-flopping on health care are the desperate behavior of a flailing, unprincipled politician. Today, we have even more proof that Heller’s favorite health care plan — which he has said would increase funding for Nevada — would actually slash funding for his constituents and gut their health care,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Read the full analysis by CBPP here.

Published: Aug 24, 2017

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