The following is a statement by Alliance for Strong Families and Communities on the impact the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal will have on populations served by the Medicaid program.

When the Alliance released its statements earlier this summer on the Senate proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we noted that the various measures were developed without the benefit of hearings, public debate, or input from either health care consumers or health or human services professionals. Once again, we are back where we left off in July, with the Graham-Cassidy proposal that is possibly up for a vote in the Senate the week of Sept. 25.  

The current effort in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act takes a jackhammer to one of the cornerstones of the country's health care system, the Medicaid program, without fully understanding the impact it will have on people, other systems and local and state economies. For this reason, the Alliance strategic action network of hundreds of community-based health and human services organizations is opposed to the Graham-Cassidy proposal. We urge members of the U.S. Senate to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy proposal.  

Once again, we call on the Senate to slow down the process and take the time to involve communities, consumers, and health and human service professionals in the critical decisions that impact millions of people. Together, let’s craft a reform bill that will improve health care access and affordability, offer preventative and essential benefits to all, and integrate systems of support to improve the lives and health of all Americans.