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September 26, 2017

Activists Stop Graham-Cassidy Health Care Tax on Older Americans in its Tracks

Vulnerable Citizens Dodge another GOP Senate Bullet

The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy introduced a bill that would have placed an age tax on older Americans, eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions and resulted in at least 32 million Americans losing affordable health care.

“Fortunately, enough of their fellow Senators recognized the ramifications of a dangerous bill and a warped legislative process, preventing Sen. McConnell from moving forward with his cruel plans.

“Millions of Americans can breathe a sigh of relief, but not for long. Majority Leader McConnell and Vice President Pence have already promised to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act again, instead of working in a bipartisan manner to improve health care for all.

“The 4.4 million members of the Alliance will not rest. Our members will stand down for the moment, but are ready to speak out for health care for all Americans whenever it is threatened.”


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