Los Angeles LGBT Center Urges Opposition to U.S. Senate’s Devastating Graham-Cassidy Bill - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Urges Opposition to U.S. Senate’s Devastating Graham-Cassidy Bill

September 18, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz

Like earlier proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Senate’s new Graham-Cassidy bill would deprive millions of healthcare and gut Medicaid—the health care program for seniors, people with disabilities, and those earning below a living wage—by approximately $1 trillion. About half of the clients who come to the Los Angeles LGBT Center for health services depend on Medicaid to receive services that they could otherwise not afford.

The Center is calling on people everywhere to urge three key senators, who are likely to determine the fate of the bill, to oppose it: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings issued the following statement:

“Like the cliché movie monster who suddenly comes back to life, Republican senators have revived Trumpcare from the dead. But, this version is even more deadly.

“This heartless new effort is shockingly worse than the Senate’s last failed proposal. Desperate to fulfill their ‘repeal and replace’ campaign promise, the GOP seems willing to take away healthcare from millions of people, resulting in countless deaths, to help pay for a tax break that will be of greatest benefit to corporations and the very wealthy.

“President Trump promised a replacement of the Affordable Care Act that would make healthcare available to everyone, cost less, and cover more—a system everyone would love. This latest, cruel proposal is just the opposite.

“The Graham-Cassidy bill would have a hugely disproportionate and devastating impact on people living with HIV and LGBT people because they’re more likely to live in poverty, particularly women, people of color, youth, seniors, survivors of domestic violence, and transgender people.”

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