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George has issued a statement on the Graham-Cassidy bill

Republicans in Congress are at it again, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a credible replacement plan anywhere in sight.  One GOP senator has even admitted that this latest plan is more about politics than policy.

Under the proposed Graham-Cassidy plan, Pennsylvania will lose $11 billion in federal healthcare funding. (Kaiser Family Foundation)  Millions of Pennsylvanians will lose their coverage.  Others will face steep increases in both premiums and deductibles.  Our rural hospitals, many already in financial crisis, will be especially hard hit.

Contrary to what supporters of Graham-Cassidy tell us publicly, there is no provision to guarantee coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.  States may apply for a waiver to this provision; and a guarantee that can be waived is no guarantee at all.

We can disagree about whether or not healthcare is a fundamental right, but it is the right thing to do.  I believe we have an obligation to care for the most vulnerable among us.  Healthcare is a moral issue and our goal must be accessible and affordable health care for all Americans.  

The Graham-Cassidy bill moves us further from that objective.  Senators McCain and Paul have already come out against the bill. Senator Collins has expressed serious reservations. We cannot, however, assume the bill will fail. We must continue to voice our objections until this disastrous piece of legislation is finally defeated on the floor of the US Senate.  

Contact Senator Toomey and urge him to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill.  Tell him you want him to work in a bipartisan fashion to create a health care plan that works for all of us.

As your representative in Congress, I will work with anyone - Democrat or Republican – who shares my commitment to fixing our broken healthcare system.  

Add your name to our list of supporters and together, we can tell our elected officials to vote against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill and come up with legislation that improves the state of healthcare in America.

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