Levin Statement on Graham-Cassidy Bill

Sep 19, 2017 Issues: Health Care

ROSEVILLE, MI – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09), Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member, today released the following statement in response to the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“With the active support of President Trump, Senate Republicans are trying once again to destroy the progress which has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured in Michigan from 12.4 percent in 2010 to 5.4 percent in 2016. In 2020, the Republican bill would repeal the Medicaid expansion and the subsidies received by those in the Exchange, and replace it with a block grant with significantly less funds than now provided to our state. In 2027, the proposed block grant would disappear – meaning Michigan would lose $10 billion in that year alone.

“These changes would put at grave risk the coverage of the one million Michiganders who now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, the Graham-Cassidy proposal would eliminate the current guarantee against discrimination for those individuals with pre-existing conditions. 

“Senate Republicans, knowing this bill will garner public outcry, are hurrying it along without an estimate from Congressional Budget Office, which had estimated that 32 million individuals would lose insurance under the previous GOP legislation. This bill is nothing more than a cruel sham.”    

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated the Graham-Cassidy proposal would result in a $10 billion cut to funding for Michigan in 2027.

Rep. Levin was Chair of the Ways and Means Committee when the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.