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Yarmuth Statement on Latest Graham-Cassidy Bill and Kentucky

Sep 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the latest version of the Graham-Cassidy legislation and its impact on health coverage in Kentucky:
 
“The latest version of the Graham-Cassidy repeal legislation uses phony numbers in an obvious and irresponsible attempt to buy votes for its passage. What is real about this bill is the incredible damage it will inflict on the entire country.  Families in my home state of Kentucky and throughout the country would be far worse off should this legislation pass. Instead of waiting for the non-partisan analysis of the Congressional Budget Office, the bill’s sponsors are making up their own numbers and hoping no one notices. The truth is that funding for expanding health coverage in Kentucky would be cut, protections for people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, autism, and diabetes would be gutted, rural hospitals would be endangered, and Medicaid as we know it would end.  Congressional Republicans need to give up this attempt at a political win no matter the cost, and instead work with Democrats on legislation that improves health coverage for the American people.”
 
While the bill’s authors are claiming that Kentucky will now receive an increase in federal funding, they are relying on misleading accounting to make this claim. Their estimates do not include the massive amount of funding the state would lose by converting Medicaid into a per-capita program that will not keep up with the rising costs of health care. It also claims states will save money by ending the Medicaid expansion that has helped more than 400,000 Kentuckians gain health coverage.